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The message is clear, don't live in fear [Commentary]
When I sit down to try to write about tragedies, my mind usually goes to the first chapter of Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse-Five," in which the author, unnecessarily excusing himself for not having anything erudite to say about the horrors of World War II, wrote that his book was "so short and jumbled and jangled because there is nothing intelligent to say about a massacre." He was right. Scribble away all you want, but I don't think you'll come to any purer understanding of human-on-human violence. We've been committing atrocities upon each other since we were able to walk upright, and the written word is not going to stop that trend. Still, like Vonnegut, who is one of my heroes, pounding away on a keyboard is cathartic for me, so I keep pushing the rock up the hill knowing that it's going to roll back down again. I try, probably futilely, to make sense of this life through the words I write.
BY DEWEY FOX, email@example.com
April 18, 2013