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Friday, September 24, 2004

God Bless Kurt Vonnegut

McSweeney's Internet Tendency: The Best Jokes Are Dangerous, An Interview with Kurt Vonnegut, Part One

Q: I know you're an avowed Humanist. Yet in a lot of your work you play with the idea of an afterlife or a heaven.

Vonnegut: Well, anything's possible, isn't it? But we don't have enough graduates of Cornell University's Hotel School to take care of us all on the other side.

Q: So in Dr. Kevorkian you were sort of experimenting with the idea of Heaven without actually dying.

Vonnegut: I was just farting around. That's all.

Q: At least two of your titles contain benedictions of sorts — God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian and God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. Considering your Humanist views, is there irony there, or does it just feel good to say?

Vonnegut: Oh, no. God is a nice idea. [Pause] Saying "God bless you" just helps make the titles a little longer.

Monday, September 20, 2004

Jon Stewart Is A Funny Man 10 Questions for Jon Stewart -- Sep. 27, 2004: "CAN I ASK WHO YOU'RE GOING TO VOTE FOR IN NOVEMBER? I'm really concerned about this Administration. Now, does that mean that they've completely lost any chance? Not really. Things could change drastically. But let me put it this way: they've put themselves in a giant hole, as far as I'm concerned. And as far as I'm concerned, their best argument for election is, Yes, I drove us into a brick wall. But I didn't blink!"