Vonnegut dead at 84

This is sad. Kurt Vonnegut has died. Pessimist, existentialist and damn great writer. As he said in God Bless You Mr Rosewater:

"Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It's hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It's round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you've got about a hundred years here. There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- 'God damn it, you've got to be kind.' "

I've taught his Galapagos many times over the years and Slaughterhouse-Five is a classic that reflects his experiences in Dresden during the fire-bombing of 1945.

From Slaughterhouse-Five:

"And every day my Government gives me a count of corpses created by military science in Vietnam. So it goes."

So it goes, indeed.

Update: Wow. No sooner did I hit post than I noticed that some of my SciBlings have already paid their respects (that's what I get for spending the evening preparing lectures). Check out what Mike, Bora, Tara, John, Monkey
, Josh, and Steinn have to say.


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