Monday, May 09, 2005

"You, you know nothing of my work."

An "Annie Hall" moment: There's a Leandro-like school funding case being argued in Kansas. The defendant schools cite Kurt Vonnegut's story "Harrison Bergeron."

Their legal brief says capping local taxes on schools was unconstitutional, and they cited the 1961 story, which depicts a future society where everyone is made equal by forcing impediments on anyone who is better.

"Nobody was smarter than anybody else," the attorneys quoted Vonnegut as writing. "Nobody was better looking than anybody else."

Not so fast, says Vonnegut: that story is "about intelligence and talent, and wealth is not a demonstration of either one."

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