This post is part of my Writer’s One-Liners series of articles. The goal in these articles is to examine a single line from a writer’s work and discuss its message, its efficacy, and the impact of the line on my life and maybe the lives of others. Each line I feature has resonated with me in some way. I hope you find it informative and provocative and that it inspires you to seek out one-liners of your own.
“Like so many Americans, she was trying to construct a life that made sense from things she found in gift shops.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five
Vonnegut is one of my favorite authors. I have read every book he wrote and most of his short stories. I could write a hundred articles on his one-liners. He certainly doesn’t lack for great material. His writing has always struck a chord with me so it’s natural my first article in this series features one of his lines. Choosing which line of his to use was the difficult job for me. Many of his one-liners come to mind when I think about writing that has had a particularly profound effect on me. This line is one of my favorites.