(Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.)
As a kid I was the youngest member of my family, and the youngest child in any family is always a jokemaker, because a joke is the only way he can enter into an adult conversation.
And I realize some of you may be having trouble deciding whether I am kidding or not. So from now on I will tell you when I’m kidding.
I’m not kidding.
The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.
The truth is, we know so little about life, we don’t really know what the good news is and what the bad news is.
And if I die – God forbid – I would like to go to heaven to ask somebody in charge up there, «Hey, what was the good news and what was the bad news?»
Приведены отрывки из книги: Vonnegut K. A Man Without a Country.- N.Y.: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2007.