Thursday, April 12, 2007

Kurt Vonnegut dies at 84

Via WaPo - Kurt Vonnegut Dies at 84
Kurt Vonnegut, the satirical novelist who captured the absurdity of war and questioned the advances of science in darkly humorous works such as "Slaughterhouse-Five" and "Cat's Cradle," died Wednesday. He was 84.

Vonnegut, who often marveled that he had lived so long despite his lifelong smoking habit, had suffered brain injuries after a fall at his Manhattan home weeks ago, said his wife, photographer Jill Krementz.
My he rest in peace. The article also includes some interesting facts about his life and traumas, including being a held as a POW in WWII during the fire-bombing of Dresden.

The article also includes a quote from Vonnegut that I found particularly striking:
"We probably could have saved ourselves, but we were too damned lazy to try very hard... and too damn cheap," he once suggested carving into a wall on the Grand Canyon, as a message for flying-saucer creatures.
There is way too much truth in that statement.

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