12 April 2007

Moment of Silence (Wide Open Beavers Edition)

Kurt Vonnegut dies at 84.

I read Cat's Cradle when I was 14. I stayed home sick from school one day when I was a sophomore and read Mother Night all the way through. Saw him dedicate a library at University of Evansville in 1987 (or was it 1986?). Heck, on this here very blog I list Breakfast of Champions in my "Favorite Books" section. In other words, Vonnegut's books made a big impact on me (and about 12 million other people).

Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt.

So it goes.

3 comments:

The Fan With No Name!!! said...

Here's another observation from a former Evansville native - now a critic out in LA - David Kronke. Another gifted, young man - much like yourself - who hung out with Alex & Tilford for a short while until he got smart and got the hell out of E-ville!

http://www.insidesocal.com/tv/2007/04/timequake_kurt_vonnegut_192220.html

ficta said...

Do you remember the speech he gave at that library dedication at UE (I really think it was 1986, but I could be wrong)? I just remember the image he painted of eating the minds of the authors by reading their works. Wish I could find a transcript.

chad said...

for a touch of real class, watch how james rosen (on fox news, no less) says, "by the late 70's Vonnegut was rich and irrelevant." and accuses him of "despondent leftism".

http://www.crooksandliars.com/2007/04/16/kurt-vonneguts-lifefox-news-style/

nothing like an insignificant journalist worm, whose death few will lament, taking the opportunity to denigrate the life of one of the 20th century's most influential authors.

reprehensible.