It has come to my attention that Kurt Vonnegut has passed away.
His death was reported by Morgan Entrekin, a longtime family friend, who said Vonnegut suffered brain injuries as a result of a fall several weeks ago.
I need not delve into Vonnegut's literary exploits. Suffice to say he led an amazing, full life and reflected that in his writings, where his compassion for the human race was colored with poignant dark humor. Few authors today can claim to have had such an enormous impact crossing so many generations and cultural themes.
Sleep well, Mr. Vonnegut.
"We are healthy only to the extent that our ideas are humane".
Per his wish should he, God forbid, ever die:
"Kurt is up in heaven now"
(As expressed in his last work, A Man Without a Country. This is based on his opening joke for his eulogy of Isaac Asimov.)
Few have so effectively addressed the insanity of war and other cultural activities. He stood steady, laughing at my elbow, during each of my years of imprisonment for draft- and segregation- refusal: ww2, korea and vietnam.
Without Kurt and his ilk (which includes Bayard Rustin) it would have been unthinkable.
May their tribe increase.
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