Kurt Vonnegut dies at 84

11 04 2007
Kurt VonnegutKurt Vonnegut died yesterday (read his obit here), reminding me mightily of my college years.  The obit says that he was “a literary idol, particularly to students in the 1960s and 1970s” and it’s hard to disagree with that.  His short, punchy style, with his wry observations, and strong sense of cynicism, was totally appealing to me and my roommates.  He definitely seemed to have the best sense of what was wrong with the way the country was going, a cynical sense that has proven to be completely correct.  His book, SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE, was made into one of the best filmed adaptations of any book.  And his other books, a combination of journalism and science fiction (a term he always abhorred being used to describe his works — even though it fit them), mixed with a healthy and rare dose of comedy, propelled him into my pantheon.
I’ll miss him, even those his best work was years behind him.

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