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Kurt Vonnegut - R.I.P.

Posted: 04/14/2007 11:11 PM | permaLink

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Kurt Vonnegut passed away on April 11th, 2007. He was one of my all-time favorite authors.

I've read a few of his books; my favorite is 'Hocus Pocus'. Vonnegut's writing tended to piss 'the establishment' off - as a matter of fact, his work has been banned by public schools all over the place. (I consider this to be a good thing.) He was an iconoclast to the end, and I'm going to miss his writing.

One of my favorite Vonnegut moments was during his appear ance on the Daily Show (Comedy Central) - this was just a few months ago. During the interview, the conversion drifted toward global warming and climate change. Vonnegut said something akin to:

'Human beings are essentially a virus. It's only a matter of time until Mother Nature's immune system kicks in.' [ paraphrase ]

Which, I think, is an interesting way to look at our current situation. As Vonnegut himself might say, so it goes.

So it goes... goodbye, Mr. Vonnegut. Thanks for all the books.

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