May 2, 2009

Life periods and punctuation

“When Hemingway killed himself he put a period at the end of his life. Old age is more like a semicolon.”
--Kurt Vonnegut
I just discovered that Hemingway committed suicide with a shotgun he bought from Abercrombie & Fitch (which, back then, sold arms). I can't figure out if this quotation means that Vonnegut is in favor of Hemingway's choice or not. Incidentally, his Wikipedia entry says that Vonnegut was also known to call his favorite unfiltered Pall Mall cigarettes "a classy way to commit suicide." INTERESTING.

P.S. This punctuation-life-deathness reminds me of part of an ee cummings poem: "and death i think is no parenthesis."

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