Vonnegut dies at 84

As I've mentioned on here previously, I recently moved. Now that I've painted every room in the house, I've been s-l-o-w-l-y unpacking things, and today I started on my non-essential books (aka, the ones I don't need on a day-to-day basis for classes). One of the boxes I dragged in from the garage just happened to have all my Vonnegut books; except for my old yearbooks, they're all that's sitting on one bookcase in my room right now. I'm a relative latecomer to his novels; we never read Cat's Cradle or Slaughterhouse Five in school, and I somehow missed out on him during college as well. Then my brother handed me "Galapagos" for its nerd-evolution (and, well, misanthropy) themes that he thought I'd enjoy. Of course, he was right, and I was hooked. Alas, though Vonnegut spent time teaching here in Iowa at the writers' workshop, I missed his stay by a good 40 years. And now (via Evil Monkey) Kurt Vonnegut has died--a sad day for fans everywhere. So it goes.

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Kurt Vonnegut was awesome! I was always a fan and actually had the good fortune of reading Galapagos in college during a fascinating class: Evolution in Biology and Literature. You may enjoy both my tribute I wrote for him this morning and a very recent post I wrote about evolution in response to a rather popular article that is very much Vonnegut-related.

http://npawellness.blogspot.com/2007/04/god-bless-you-mr-vonnegut.html

http://npawellness.blogspot.com/2007/03/galapagos-islands-and-huntingto…

Now that I've painted every room in the house, I've been s-l-o-w-l-y unpacking things, and today I started on my non-essential books (aka, the ones I don't need on a day-to-day basis for classes). One of the boxes I dragged in from the garage just happened to have all my Vonnegut books

So you classify your Vonnegut books as non-essential? Shame.

By Mustafa Mond, FCD (not verified) on 12 Apr 2007 #permalink

Mustafa,

Give Tara a break.

She is a busy biology professor who had to move during the middle of the semester and even stated her criteria for unpacking books, "aka, the ones I don't need on a day-to-day basis for classes". As good and important as Vonnegut's books are I do not think they are very appropriate or relevant to what she is teaching.

So you classify your Vonnegut books as non-essential? Shame.

Heh. Yeah, my brother would probably kick my ass for that comment too. :) But I've read all the ones I have except for "Timequake," which I was just thinking while unpacking them that I really need to get to that one soon. Maybe one of these days when I have a free weekend...

(Oh, and I do reference Ice-Nine sometimes when I'm lecturing on prions, so his books aren't completely irrelevant to my work...)

I was very saddened by this news - I did read Cat's Cradle and Slaughterhouse 5 in HS and just re-read the former this past summer. He was an amazing thinker and commentator; the comparisons to Twain were appropriate...but yeah, so it goes. Based on his public comments in 2005, he was "ready".

No cat, no cradle.

By Mustafa Mond, FCD (not verified) on 18 Apr 2007 #permalink