Kurt Vonngut’s short story “2BR02B” is the kind of story I think about when I think about Vonnegut. Because it’s a very short story, I don’t want to give too much away.
My favorite character is a painter of a mural who expresses the thought that the world could use a little more “mess”. He enjoys looking at his paint stained floor tarp more than he enjoys the clean, bright mural he’s painting on the wall of a hospital. This makes sense in the frightening context of the world described in this story. Also, anyone who has ever wondered what the deal is with abstract or modern art may get a little bit of insight from Vonnegut’s painter.
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