Author: Kurt Vonnegut

Brief Info: American writer

Years Lived: 1922-2007

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We are what we pretend to be


We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.

From the book Mother Night

— 1961



It’s only recently that I’ve come to understand that writers are not marginal to our society, that they, in fact, do all our thinking for us, that we are writing myths and our myths are believed, and that old myths are believed until someone writes a new one.

I think writers should be more responsible than they are, as we’ve imagined for a long time that it really doesn’t matter what we say. . . . I think it’s a beginning for authors to acknowledge that they are myth-makers and that if they are widely read, will have an influence that will last for many years – I don’t think that there’s a strong awareness of that now, and we have such a young culture that there is an opportunity to contribute wonderful new myths to it, which will be accepted.

From the interview WNYC Reader's Almanac

— 1974

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