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“By the time I reached the coffee-shop door … my self-confidence had collapsed. Panic had taken its place. I believed I was the ugliest, dirtiest little old bum in Manhattan. If I went into the coffee shop, everybody would be nauseated. They would throw me out and tell me to go to the Bowery where I belonged.

“But I somehow found the courage to go in anyway—and imagine my surprise! It was as though I had died and gone to heaven! A waitress said to me, 'Honeybunch, you sit right down, and I’ll bring you your coffee right away.' I hadn’t said anything to her.

”So I sit down, and everywhere I looked I saw customers of every description being received with love. To the waitresses everybody was 'honeybunch' and 'darling' and 'dear.' It was like an emergency ward after a great catastrophe. It did not matter what race or class the victims belonged to. They were all given the same miracle drug, which was coffee. The catastrophe in this case, of course, was that the sun had come up again.“

--Walter F. Starbuck in Kurt Vonnegut's 1979 novel, ”Jailbird"; pp. 165-66

Morning coffee with Kurt Vonnegut

My morning. Book by Kurt Vonnegut, pottery by Ingrid Sundstrom, keyboard by Apple.

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Posted at 07:32 AM on Wed. Dec 05, 2012 in category Quote of the Day  


Reed wrote:

Beautiful. One of four I've yet to get to from Vonnegut. I'm so glad that those four are still out there. It will be such a shame when I finally have read them all.

Comment posted on Wed. Dec 05, 2012 at 10:03 AM

273.16 K, 611.73 pascals wrote:

That got a big laugh out of me. Good morning!

Comment posted on Wed. Dec 05, 2012 at 11:25 AM

56 wrote:

Now I'm just looking for a bug in Tim's commenting code.

Comment posted on Wed. Dec 05, 2012 at 11:27 AM

67, 89 wrote:

Still looking. Maybe commas aren't accepted in user names?

Comment posted on Wed. Dec 05, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Erik wrote:

Reed: JAILBIRD is one of his best. Happy reading.

Vinny: You're wondering why it got posted twice?

Comment posted on Wed. Dec 05, 2012 at 01:27 PM

Definitely not 273.16 K, 611.73 pascals wrote:

Vinny? Who is Vinny?

No, “273.16 K...” got a huge SQL error page, which he should have copied down for Tim's perusal. Oh well!

Comment posted on Wed. Dec 05, 2012 at 02:11 PM
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