Vonnegut Month: The people on the edge


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“I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center.

“Big, undreamed-of things — the people on the edge see them first.”

(Player Piano. Scribner, 1952.)

I think this is more important now than I ever have before. I stayed comfortable in the past, I kept nervously to the middle and tried not to draw attention to myself even though I found it unfulfilling and dissatisfactory, purely because the idea of doing anything else and letting the real me out seemed far too iffy.


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And now I have been galvanized in to action, in to pursuing the things I want, and I can’t believe I ever kept away from the edge, kept myself boxed-in and low-key and up-and-up. I don’t regret the time I spent hiding and gathering courage to myself, because that’s no use, and I don’t disdain myself for my fears or insecurities, nor anyone else for feeling like they are not able to be a jumper just yet, but I’m just so glad I’ve begun.

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One Response to “Vonnegut Month: The people on the edge”

  1. namelessneed Says:

    Thanx for shining a light on these old quotes, that ring of recognition
    as a hundred years ago, friends and I read all the Vonneguts, loved him
    and they probably miss him too/ Thanx for this month
    (I’ve forwarded more than one of ’em) thanx friend

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