"A real Artist doesn't do Art for a living. A real Artist lives it. That's why most of them are seriously fucked up. And it's a "Chicken and the Egg" thing, as to whether experiencing that kind of creativity warps you, or whether it takes a truly wild soul to make Art come alive. In the end, I'm not sure answering that question even matters."
I've only read one of Vonnegut's books (one so obscure that it isn't on some of his lists of books) so I'm not really up on his style. I started to read Slaughter House 5 once but gave up after 3-5 pages because it was too hard to follow.
I posted the quote because I was have two conversations on LJ that related to showing and hiding parts of our personalities and also acting. What was strange is that I only knew the quote as "We are what we pretend to be". When I googled it, I discovered I only knew half of the quote. The ending of "so we must be careful what we pretend to be. " adds a whole new dimension.