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God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian.

God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian by Kurt Vonnegut (New York: Seven Stories Press, 1999); 79 pp.; $18,00 cloth.

I am a humanist ... [and] honorary president of the American Humanist Association," Vonnegut proclaims in the introduction to his new book, "which means, in part, that I have tried to behave decently without any expectation of rewards or punishments after I'm dead."

With his usual wit, whimsy, irony, and surprises, Vonnegut offers us in God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian a variety of imaginary interviews with such personalities as Clarence Darrow, Eugene V. Debs, Adolph Hitler, Isaac Newton, James Earl Ray, William Shakespeare, Mary Shelley, Isaac Asimov, and other departeds, courtesy of a succession of round-trip near-death excursions to the Pearly Gates arranged by Dr. Kevorkian at George W. Bush's lethal injection facility in Huntsville, Texas. The book, which began as a series of ninety-second interludes on National Public Radio's WNYC in New York City, is a short but thoroughly delightful read.

Edd Doerr has authored and edited numerous books on church-state separation and First Amendment rights.
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Author:Doerr, Edd
Publication:The Humanist
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Jul 1, 2000
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