Reading Vonnegut in Iraq and Becoming Unstuck in Time.
April 13, 2019 12:52 PM Subscribe
It’s April 11, 2019, as I write this and Vonnegut has been dead for 12 years, though a Tralfamadorian would take issue with that characterization.
One of his legacies is a famous passage in “Slaughterhouse-Five.” It’s about planes flying in reverse, where shrapnel flies out of people, back into the bombs and the planes take off backward from their runways, and so on, until everyone is just a baby again.
Vonnegut is saying it would be nice if the wisdom learned from a war could be used to reverse engineer the entire thing and keep it from happening at all. That is a nice thought.
Reading ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’ in Baghdad
: What Vonnegut taught me about what comes after war, by Alex Horton (WaPo)