American Notes: Vonnegut's Gospel

Like his novels, Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s message to the graduating class of Bennington College was by turns desolately winsome, merely bleak and utterly but almost gaily despondent. Confessing to congenital pessimism, Vonnegut told the graduates: "Everything is going to become unimaginably worse and never get better again."

Still, Vonnegut had some suggestions: "We would be a lot safer if the Government would take its money out of science and put it into astrology and the reading of palms. I used to think that science would save us. But only in superstition is...

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