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Kurt Vonnegut dies at 84

 
 
Reply Wed 11 Apr, 2007 10:11 pm
NY Times Link


http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2007/04/10/arts/11vonnegut-600.jpg
photo credit - Fred R. Conrad, NYT


First page of the article -

Kurt Vonnegut Is Dead at 84; Caught Imagination of His Age
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msolga
 
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Reply Wed 11 Apr, 2007 10:27 pm
Oh no!

I loved Kurt.

He was my hero for years & years.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 11 Apr, 2007 10:34 pm
Me too.

And, 'So it goes' has long been one of my throwaway lines.

I learned things in the article about hiim that I didn't know before..
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NickFun
 
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Reply Wed 11 Apr, 2007 11:09 pm
I really liked him. A lot.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 11 Apr, 2007 11:15 pm
I like the photograph shown above... what a face.
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Roberta
 
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Reply Wed 11 Apr, 2007 11:55 pm
I admired his work. Sorry that he's gone.
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farmerman
 
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Reply Thu 12 Apr, 2007 05:08 am
Kurt Voonegut; He always looked like a testament to the effects of smoking; In his honor; I will herein begin peppering my posts with semicolons;
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Joeblow
 
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Reply Thu 12 Apr, 2007 06:04 am
And though I likely won't, I shall want to pepper mine, where appropriate, with these:

*

A salute of sorts.
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Piffka
 
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Reply Thu 12 Apr, 2007 06:16 am
Oh no. I was one of those who read him way back when. I hadn't thought of him in years -- but we were just talking to our 22 year old about how *He* should read Vonnegut's books.

Two of his most amazing ideas: the Chronosynclastic Infindibulum and Ice-Nine. (Ice-nine still gives me the creeps to think about.)

I went to his website to look for the most recent photo of him. It is closed except for his name & dates and a great image (sigh):

http://www.vonnegut.com/images/mem/birdcage.jpg
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Joeblow
 
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Reply Thu 12 Apr, 2007 06:18 am
Love that.
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msolga
 
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Reply Thu 12 Apr, 2007 06:43 am
farmerman wrote:
Kurt Voonegut; He always looked like a testament to the effects of smoking ...


Kurt once quipped that he was suiciding by cigarette. I guess because he felt it was one way it could be done. He said he was too much of a coward to take a quicker way. 84 wasn't at all a bad innings, all things considered.
I love his ravaged face. Every bit of his life journey shows.
His life wasn't easy. A lot of illness & depression & sadness in his family. He suffered from depression himself for much of his life. "Bad chemicals", he said.
Those earlier "cult" novels were written to support the his own family & the off-spring of his sister (I think) when she died. "Airport" novels, he called them. Pulp to read on your flight, then discarded. Little did he know ....
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msolga
 
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Reply Thu 12 Apr, 2007 06:50 am
An A2K Kurt V thread from a few years back:

Any Vonnegut-arians out there?:
http://www.able2know.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=5928&highlight=
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msolga
 
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Reply Thu 12 Apr, 2007 07:18 am
Playboy Interview by Kurt Vonnegut:

PLAYBOY: Beyond the fact that it's become a profitable way to make a living, why do you write?
VONNEGUT: My motives are political. I agree with Stalin and Hitler and Mussolini that the writer should serve his society. I differ with dictators as to how writers should serve. Mainly, I think they should be - and bio-logically have to be - agents of change. For the better, we hope. ..... <cont>

http://www.thinking-approach.org/index.php?id=410
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Chai
 
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Reply Thu 12 Apr, 2007 07:34 am
Kilgore Trout
Billy Pilgrim
granfalloons
Tralfamadorians

All have helped shape my life today.
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msolga
 
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Reply Thu 12 Apr, 2007 07:36 am
Here's a challenge:

Does anyone remember Diana Moon Glampers?
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littlek
 
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Reply Thu 12 Apr, 2007 07:37 am
Sad news
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Gargamel
 
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Reply Thu 12 Apr, 2007 08:11 am
I prefer not to talk much about my writing on this site, but Vonnegut is a huge influence. And I will continue to read his books again and again.

Please enjoy some wise words from an "apprentice" of his, author George Saunders. This tribute to Vonnegut is some of the best writing advice I've ever taken seriously.

Read it.

God Bless You, Mr. Vonnegut.
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boomerang
 
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Reply Thu 12 Apr, 2007 08:18 am
Kurt Vonnegut is time tripping again.

I shall pepper my sentences with...

Listen:
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dyslexia
 
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Reply Thu 12 Apr, 2007 08:30 am
Quote:
All the true things I am about to tell you are shameless lies.


Quote:
Live by the foma [harmless untruths] that make you brave, and kind, and healthy, and happy.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 12 Apr, 2007 09:02 am
That New York Times link has, I noticed later, links to a photo slide show, and all the reviews published in the NYT, over the years, of his books, plus all his own articles published there. Loved the slide show myself, haven't read all the rest yet.
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