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  • A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.
    Kurt Vonnegut, in Sirens of Titan

    In an interview in the New Yorker, Kurt Vonnegut talked about why he wrote.

    He said that he always wrote to entertain and amuse his sister. She was his Muse and inspiration.

    When she passed away, he was devastated. He didn't know who to write to.

    While she was alive, she was the only audience he cared about. His words were for her.

    His chosen audience of one.

    And thus, many great books were born that have entered the language as classics.

    Some gentle wisdom here for us writers, perhaps.

    If we can find one beloved friend to write to, just one friend who celebrates our work, wants

    to know what we are thinking and feeling, connects with our essence, loves us for who

    we are, we can step out of ourselves, and unlock our inner Universe of meaning, mystery

    and magic.

    In thus moving beyond the boundaries of our fear, it becomes effortless to trust our gifts,

    get in touch with our deepest beauty and truth, and in so doing, share our voices with the whole

    wide buzzing blooming world.

    And so it goes...

    (Photograph by AJN at the Patch Thiebaud Auditorium, Casablanca Boulevard, in the 3-D virtual world of Second Life)

    (Revised and reposted from original version, "Why Vonnegut Wrote")
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