Maybe Vonnegut's tongue was wedged into his cheek - maybe not. But who can not 'Oo' & 'Aw" at his description of Kafka.
So it goes.
It’s a pessimistic story.
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Kurt Vonnegut at the Blackboard
I want to share with you something I’ve learned. I’ll draw it on the blackboard behind me so you can follow more easily [draws a vertical line on the blackboard]. This is the G-I axis: good fortune-ill fortune. Death and terrible poverty, sickness down here—great prosperity, wonderful health up there. Your average state of affairs here in the middle [points to bottom, top, and middle of line respectively].
This is the B-E axis. B for beginning, E for entropy. Okay. Not every story has that very simple, very pretty shape that even a computer can understand [draws horizontal line extending from middle of G-I axis].