Kurt Vonnegut, RIP
Kurt Vonnegut passed over a few hours ago, he was 84, a good run. He died of complications from a fall a few weeks back, damn shame.
He wrote “Slaughterhouse Five,” one of the seminal antiwar novels of all time. It was about his experiences during the fire bombing of Dresden during ww2, Kurt was an American POW in Nazi captivity at the time. The experience changed his life, and he took the experience to heart and changed countless other lives.
He also wrote “Cat’s Cradle,” a staple of high school literature classes for a generation at least. “God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater” is another work that achieved widespread acclaim.
For me of course it will always be “The Sirens of Titan.” A book that changed my life…hard to even describe. “Turn the spaceship upside down” is the line I still quote.
I’m not yet fifty, but the heroes of my youth are all passing over now. It’s a strange feeling. Beats dying young I guess, but still.
God bless you Kurt, you will never be forgotten. If there’s another side, I’m sure you are in good hands. If not, like all great writers and even some not so great ones, you will live forever as long as your works exist and people exist to read them.
I’m sure many tears are being shed tonight, I know I’m crying.
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