Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Better lies

The inimitable Kurt Vonnegut:

One of my favourite ministers was a guy named Bob Nicholson. He looked like Joseph Cotton, and he was a bachelor Episcopalian priest up on Cape Cod. Every time one of his parishioners died, he went all to pieces. He was outraged by death. So it was up to his congregation and the relatives of the deceased to patch him up, get him pumped up on Christianity sufficiently to get through the funeral service. I liked that very much: nothing he was going to say in the standard Episcopalian funeral oration was going to satisfy him. He needed better lies.

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