“I will come to a time in my backwards trip when November eleventh, accidentally my birthday, was a sacred day called Armistice Day. When I was a boy, all the people of all the nations which had fought in the First World War were silent during the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of Armistice Day, which was the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

“It was during that minute in nineteen hundred and eighteen, that millions upon millions of human beings stopped butchering one and another. I have talked to old men who were on battlefields during that minute. They have told me in one way or another that the sudden silence was the voice of God. So we still have among us some men who can remember when God spoke clearly to mankind.

“Armistice Day has become Veterans’ Day. Armistice Day was sacred. Veterans’ day is not.

“So I will throw Veterans’ Day over my shoulder. Armistice Day I will keep. I don’t want to throw away any sacred things.

“What else is sacred? Oh, Romeo and Juliet, for instance.

“And all music is.”

–Kurt Vonnegut jr.

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4 Responses to “”


  1. 1 jayherron November 18, 2008 at 6:05 am

    I for one will say that I have motivated by your literary return…I was grtting the shakes,and then began to drool with out control…finally-my clothes were rotting off my skin and I succombed to rolling in pools of muck and mud….all the time saying-were is those alien turdz wurdz?
    You have saved me right on the brink of time!
    Off to Goodwill for a new set of clothes and a hope no one sees me standing out there un my skinny dipping bathing suit!
    Welcome back -the months have been long!

  2. 2 Caity November 18, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    I also would like to honor Mr. Vonnegat’s spirit on his magic wish-making birth date by reminding you that, in all probability, he invented the word “flibbertygibbet”… and thank god, too. Now I have a word to describe myself.
    Oh! Romeo and Juliet.. indeed!

  3. 3 Sporz November 19, 2008 at 1:59 am

    Yessir, I do concur. For sure

  4. 4 superstarbrown January 6, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    yo homie. happy whatever. contact me soon i am going to be it that neck of the woods soon. Call, email, send fucking smoke signals — missing ya


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