Vonnegut On War: Give Me Knowledge

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Abby Zimet

A nicely Tralfamadorian response to a decision by the Republic, Mo. school board to ban Slaughterhouse-Five," Kurt Vonnegut's trippy anti-war classic about the fire-bombing of Dresden, from its high school: the Vonnegut Memorial Library will offer a free copy to 150 students. The book was deliberately "jumbled and jangled,” he once said, “because there is nothing intelligent to say about a massacre.

“All these people talk so eloquently about getting back to good old-fashioned values… and I say let’s get back to the good old-fashioned First Amendment of the good old-fashioned Constitution of the United States."

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