In God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian, Vonnegut skips back and forth between life and the Afterlife as if the difference between them were rather slight.
In thirty odd “interviews,” Vonnegut trips down “the blue tunnel to the pearly gates” in the guise of a roving reporter for public radio, conducting interviews: with Salvatore Biagini, a retired construction worker who died of a heart attack while rescuing his schnauzer from a pit bull, with John Brown, still smoldering 140 years after his death by hanging, with William Shakespeare, who rubs Vonnegut the wrong way, and with socialist and labor leader Eugene Victor Debs, one of Vonnegut’s personal heroes.
"I am a humanist, which mean, in part, that I have tried to behave decently without any expectation of rewards or punishments after I’m dead."
"Ta ta and adios. Or, as Saint Peter said to me with a sly wink, when I told him I was on my last-round trip to Paradise: ‘See you later, Alligator.’"
"I asked this heroic pet lover how it felt to have died for a schnauzer named Teddy. Salvador Biagiani was philosophical. He said it sure beat dying for absolutely nothing in the Viet Nam War."
I have been a fan of Vonnegut since I read Breakfast of Champions and have been trying to get my hand on everything he wrote so I can enjoy it. I randomly found this at the book store one day and got it without any hesitation.
This is basically the collected transcripts of a radio series Vonnegut did in the late 90’s. God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian was such a wonderful and surprisingly insightful short read.
Some of the actual recordings are still available here