Each clump of symbol is a brief, urgent message — describing a situation, a scene. We Tralfamadorians read them all once, not one after the other. There isn’t a particular relationship between all the messages, except that the author has chosen them carefully, so that when seen all at once, they produce an image of life that is beautiful and surprising and deep. There is no beginning, no middle, no end, no suspense, no moral, no causes, no effects. What we love in our books are the depths of many marvelous moments seen all at one time.

— Kurt Vonnegut, “Slaughterhouse Five”

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