Wednesday, April 11, 2007

So It Goes

Kurt Vonnegut, Writer of Classics of the American Counterculture, Dies at 84 - New York Times

This news, while hardly unexpected, breaks a little piece of my heart. Starting in the spring of my freshman year of college, I read every book Kurt Vonnegut had written up to that time in about a year, and I've since read the subsequent books as well. They meant a lot to me at a time when nothing was quite making sense, and as I shed organized religion, it was Vonnegut who gave me the first tenet of my moral philosophy, direct from God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater: "God damn it, you've got to be kind."

If you've never read Vonnegut, this sad event would be a good reason to do it.

1 comment:

Mike said...

I met Kurt Vonnegut once, in the bar at the Four Seasons hotel in center city Philadelphia. At the time, I was dating a guy who LOVED his work, so that is exactly what I told Mr. Vonnegut. Not that I loved his work, but that my boyfriend loved his work. I should have started with how I like his work before I told him how someone other than me LOVED his work. He gave me the strangest look, and I just walked away. It was for the best