“Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you’ve got about a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of, babies—God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.”
A baptismal speech from God Bless Mr. Rosewater – Kurt Vonnegut
I used to want to write like Douglas Adams. But the more times I re-read him, I realised that this was, of course, impossible. It is equally impossible to write like Kurt Vonnegut but I have a harder time believing it. He makes it look so easy that, addled by adoration, you sort of assume that you could do the same. Don’t you?