Sad news today that author Kurt Vonnegut is dead at 84. He had been a heavy smoker all his adult life, so frankly this is no surprise. However, that doesn't make it any less sad.
The scarf-wearing English majors of the world sometimes belittle Vonnegut's books for being sophomoric. And I'll admit that sometimes he was kind of silly. But being silly isn't the same thing as being facile. Everything he wrote positively dripped with imagination, and his books -- particularly Cat's Cradle, Welcome to the Monkey House, and the underrated Jailbird -- will be appreciated for a long time by anyone who uses books as a means to escape or explore. I've always liked the notion that good art creates an alternate universe that you immediately recognize as your own. Well, Vonnegut did that. So hey. Thanks, man. We'll miss you.
- Writer Kurt Vonnegut, Voice of U.S. Counterculture, Dies [Washington Post]
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