One Hoosier

Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
1922 — 2007

It begins like this: “Listen: Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time.” It ends like this: “Poo-tee-weet?”

“If I hadn’t spent so much time studying Earthlings,” said the Tralfamadorian, “I wouldn’t have any idea what was meant by ‘free will.’ I’ve visited thirty-one inhabited planets in the universe, and I have studied reports on one hundred more. Only on Earth is there any talk of free will.”

From Slaughterhouse Five, or The Children’s Crusade: A Duty Dance With Death (1969)

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