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April 12, 2007

Novelist Kurt Vonnegut dead at 84

Novelist Kurt Vonnegut has died at the age of 84. [NYT]

HT: Loren.


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I think you'll enjoy our video tribute to the late great Kurt Vonnegut:

Vonnegut was/is my favorite author. I read his works voraciously when I was in high school, and continued to read all the new works he released after those years as soon as they came out. I was kind of a nerdy guy in high school with not a whole lot of buddies, so I almost felt like Mr. Vonnegut was a friend because he seemed to be speaking a language that I knew intuitively without a single lesson in this language.

What will the world do without Kilgore Trout? I miss him already.

I’d like to think someone might erect a statue of Vonnegut in Dresden, as they did of Sir Arthur “Bomber” Harris in London. Yeah, yeah, yeah, Hitler, the blitz, Coventry, military exigency, strategic and tactical necessity, and all the reasons bombing was probably unavoidable. Still, saturation bombing diminished all of us, as well as the Nazis, as Vonnegut reminds us.

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