Kurt Vonnegut passes at 84

When I was young, I read his works every chance I got. He always looked like he had a bad case of bed-head and his wit was sharp as hell. He was also a life long smoker. He tried to off himself once and talked openly about it. MSNBC has a obit of sorts here. Some interesting things about an intrinsically interesting but troubled man:

He was a POW during WWII. He was a prisoner in Dresden when the U.S. bombed it. He survived the bombing by huddling with other POW’s inside an underground meat locker labeled slaughterhouse-five, which was the name of his 6th novel. The novel, in which Pvt. Pilgrim is transported from Dresden by time-traveling aliens from the planet Tralfamadore, was published at the height of the Vietnam War, and solidified his reputation as an iconoclast.

Many of his novels were best-sellers. Some also were banned and burned for suspected obscenity. Vonnegut took on censorship as an active member of the PEN writers’ aid group and the American Civil Liberties Union. The American Humanist Association, which promotes individual freedom, rational thought and scientific skepticism, made him its honorary president.

Rest in peace Kurt. You earned it Sir. Thank you for your literary gifts to me and the rest of the world.

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Posted on April 11, 2007, in Kurt Vonnegut passes. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Oh…so sad! I loved his stuff too. Several months ago he was on The Daily Show and he was a real hoot. It’s always the good ones that go. Why not the crazy 60 year olds that fall off bikes?!

  2. A HUGE talent has just been silenced. But his voice lives on in his writing.RIP.

  3. I loved Kurt’s work. My favorite was < HREF="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother_Night" REL="nofollow"><>Mother Night<><> (1961). But his other material also really altered my world view. If there’s any justice in the world, all of the Western world will pause to remember him and what he had to say.

  4. A portion of his final memoir, <>Man Without A Country<> < HREF="http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13659.htm" REL="nofollow">says it all<>

  5. I am going to miss him. Reading Slaughterhouse 5 and Cat’s Cradle in my youth were eye openers.He was doing some promos for a local radio station and would occasional be interviewed by a local DJ close to where I live.God’s Speed Kurt

  6. < HREF="http://books.guardian.co.uk/obituaries/story/0,,2055622,00.html" REL="nofollow">The Guardian<> has a great obit on this most excellent humanist. Always so sad to see the good ones fade away.

  7. He was instrumental in shaping much of our vision in tha tera.

  8. I’ve been a fan of Vonnegut since I read Player Piano at 14. His is a sharp yet kindhearted wit that the world needs much more of. We were lucky to have him.

  9. Thank you to everyone for their remembrances of Mr. Vonnegut. We will never see another like him.

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