From our review of Vonnegut’s Hocus Pocus:
Vonnegut’s fictions challenge his readers while giving them the tools to overcoming the barriers between humans, and perhaps even for humans to overcome themselves. It is his job to gather the day’s refuse, collect everything humanity has thrown away and scorned. He catalogues and collects the waste like a miser guarding a treasure from the goddess of Industry. He is ragpicker and poet. He is the soul merchant, collecting refuse in the wasteland, trafficking in politicized art, and proffering humanist transcendence.