Thursday, April 12, 2007

So It Goes

Novelist Kurt Vonnegut dies at age 84

It's hard to overstate the effect that Kurt Vonnegut's work had on my psyche. I first read him as a teenager, and works of dark humor and mind-blowing originality like CAT'S CRADLE, BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS, and SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE rearranged my head. I remianed a fan all the way through his most recent work, the rather pessimistic A MAN WITHOUT A COUNTRY.

It saddens me to hear he's gone, but he's left an indelible mark on our culture that will live on.

If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph:
THE ONLY PROOF HE NEEDED
FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD
WAS MUSIC
-Kurt Vonnegut

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

You are so right, Dusty.
I feel the same way; I
have a shelf full of his
books. I remember studying
BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS in
college back in 1980: "Make
me young! Make me young!"

And don't forget THE SIRENS
OF TITAN or MOTHER NIGHT.

God Bless Kurt Vonnegut.
--- Lindsey Yadon

Louise Ure said...

I'm in a bleak mood today with this news.

So it goes.

nathan said...

I would not be a writer if it weren't for him.

I just wish I coulda met him once.