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sgt_steve



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There are so many great Vonnegut lines.

"Goddamn it, you've got to be kind."

Or in (I think) "Cat's Cradle" when the first man asks God what the purpose of the universe is. God replies "Does there have to be one?" "Yes," say man. "Then," says God, "I leave it to you to think of one" and departs.

"Babies full of rabies!", also from "Cat's Cradle."

Sigh. What wealth he gave us, both novels and short stories. "Harrison Bergeron." "Welcome to the Monkey House."

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Catch42



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The news has affected me as it seems to have all of you...
What a tragic loss to literature and to the world.
R.I.P. Mr. Vonnegut,
"...And so it goes" indeed.
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Beta Male Mike



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I had been looking forward to seeing Kurt Vonnegut at Butler University in Indianapolis on April 27th. A few weeks ago, a friend and I went to Butler and waited in a huge line to get free tickets. Hoosiers sure love their Vonnegut. The news media was there filming and interviewing fans. The people at the head of the line had stood out in the cold for 2 to 3 hours. I am still attending the event at Butler where Kurt's son, Mark, will be reading the speech Kurt had planned to say.

This amazing author left a great impact in are world, and his books, with their fabulous dark humor, spoke about real human issues with deep wisdom. Yeah, I wish I would have been able to meet him in person, but I am truely grateful that I was able to meet him through his work. I would like to thank Chris for it was only after reading his books that I was introduced to Kurt Vonnegut.

“Now, when I myself hear that somebody is dead, I simply shrug and say what the Tralfamadorians say about dead people, which is 'So it goes.'”

-- from Vonnegut's 'Slaughterhouse-Five,' 1969

...so it goes.

Chris - I was looking through the writing zines at the bookstore and was happily suprised to see you on the cover of Writer's Digest. The interview was fantastic!


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Beta Male Mike



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I love this very Buddhist like excerpt from Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five:

There were two peepholes inside the airlock-with yellow eyes pressed to them. There was a speaker on the wall. The Tralfamadorians had no voice boxes. They communicated telepahtically. They were able to talk to Billy by means of computer and a sort of electric organ which made every Earthling speech sound.

"Welcome aboard, Mr. Pilgrim," said the loud-speaker. "Any questions?"

Billy licked his lips, thought a while, inquired at last: "Why me?"

"That is a very Earthling question to ask, Mr. Pilgrim. Why you? Why us for that matter? Why anything? Because this moment simply is. Have you ever seen bugs trapped in amber?"

"Yes." Billy , in fact, had a paperweight in his office which was a blob of polished amber with three ladybugs embedded in it.

'"Well, here we are, Mr. Pilgrim, trapped in the amber of this moment. There is no why."

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zendao42



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OK, this is a week late & not related to his books,
but I accidently found a review that Kurt Vonnegut wrote over 40 years ago.
Posting it here just for the hell of it:

http://www.ericberne.com/Kurt_Vonnegut_Review_of_Games_People_Play.htm

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iamjerryright?



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Catch42 wrote:
The news has affected me as it seems to have all of you...
What a tragic loss to literature and to the world.
R.I.P. Mr. Vonnegut,
"...And so it goes" indeed.


What's sad is a lot of people around where I work have NO idea who he was.

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Joelibris



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iamjerryright? wrote:
Catch42 wrote:
The news has affected me as it seems to have all of you...
What a tragic loss to literature and to the world.
R.I.P. Mr. Vonnegut,
"...And so it goes" indeed.


What's sad is a lot of people around where I work have NO idea who he was.


The peopleIwork with think he was the lead singer from Nirvana, and I quote "What's the big fuckin' deal? Ain't he bin dead since, like, '94 or '95?" Not making that up.
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Laveric



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Joelibris wrote:
The peopleIwork with think he was the lead singer from Nirvana, and I quote "What's the big fuckin' deal? Ain't he bin dead since, like, '94 or '95?" Not making that up.


Please say it is not the people at the used bookstore... that would be far too depressing.

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zendao42



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Laveric wrote:
Joelibris wrote:
The peopleIwork with think he was the lead singer from Nirvana, and I quote "What's the big fuckin' deal? Ain't he bin dead since, like, '94 or '95?" Not making that up.


Please say it is not the people at the used bookstore... that would be far too depressing.

Yay, another reason to be depressed- like life isn't depressing enough...

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iamjerryright? wrote:
Catch42 wrote:
The news has affected me as it seems to have all of you...
What a tragic loss to literature and to the world.
R.I.P. Mr. Vonnegut,
"...And so it goes" indeed.


What's sad is a lot of people around where I work have NO idea who he was.


Indeed. Friends of mine never even read "Slaughterhouse-Five" in high school.

I thought that was required reading?

Bah. I can't imagine not having read Vonnegut.[/i]
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Deive



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It was required reading in my advance science fiction class but not in my american lit class so shrugs.

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