I’m sure writer Kurt Vonnegut would find it bleakly amusing to see that I quoted him in a silly context a few days ago in a posting, only to find out tonight that he is dead at age 84. Then again, while Vonnegut might see it as comedic, his death is a great loss.
Read the Times obituary, sure, but it’s not that funny — actually, it’s not funny at all — so go read one of his books. The early ones are best, and I am particularly fond of Cat’s Cradle and Slaughterhouse-Five, but make your own choices and honor this funny, talented, sad and demented writer who is now gone.
Best Vonnegut quote I’ve come across tonight come from his son, Mark Vonnegut, defending his father in a 2005 Boston Globe editorial:
Kurt loves to be gloomy and tragic. It’s a loss to him that his life
has mostly gone so well. He envies Twain and Lincoln their literary
talents, but also their dead children. If my sisters and I were a
little more devoted, we would have drawn straws.