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RIP Kurt Vonnegut

Postby Berge » Thu Apr 12, 2007 3:24 pm UTC

1922 - 2007

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/6547399.stm

“A crazy thought now occurred to Billy. The truth of it startled him. It would make a good epitaph for Billy Pilgrim—and for me, too.â€
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Postby Lani » Thu Apr 12, 2007 4:29 pm UTC

I heard this, too. :(

I need to re-read Slaughter House Five...
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Postby Peshmerga » Thu Apr 12, 2007 6:21 pm UTC

While I never read any of his pieces (something I'm ashamed of), I do make note of writer's deaths and their lives.

As a side note, my AP literature teacher was talking about him yesterday, before he died. It came as quite a shock to the class when the news travelled through.
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Postby Castaway » Thu Apr 12, 2007 11:08 pm UTC

I am not too much of a fan of his work, but the man did teach me the word "lugubrious," for which i am forever indebted.
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Postby Alisto » Thu Apr 12, 2007 11:22 pm UTC

So it goes.
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Postby JuliaGlass » Tue Apr 17, 2007 6:09 am UTC

Every time somebody has told me that somebody died these past few days, my response is "Yeah? Guess who else died. Kurt Vonnegut."
"Who's that?"

I must say, that's how I want to be remembered.

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Postby Aoeniac » Tue Apr 17, 2007 8:00 am UTC

He's not dead. He's just not doing very well in this particular frame of time.
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Postby Castaway » Tue Apr 17, 2007 1:24 pm UTC

JuliaGlass wrote:I must say, that's how I want to be remembered.

I want to be remembered as awesome by everyone.

note: awesome =/= nice
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Postby Gazette » Tue Apr 17, 2007 2:45 pm UTC

I've seen him on The Daily Show... amazing man. =(

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Postby Lani » Tue Apr 17, 2007 3:14 pm UTC

Gazette wrote:I've seen him on The Daily Show... amazing man. =(


I saw that too...that was a great clip. I'll repost it here if I remember when I'm home from work. :)
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Postby Eschatokyrios » Thu Apr 19, 2007 9:43 pm UTC

A shame, that. I like his writing, generally speaking. And he seemed like a genuinely decent person.

Gazette wrote:I've seen him on The Daily Show... amazing man. =(


He was on the Daily Show? Cool! I'd like to see the clip.
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Postby OmenPigeon » Thu Apr 19, 2007 10:26 pm UTC

I didn't think the daily show clip was terribly impressive. He was just... kind of old and grumpy and not very intelligible and not funny and not interesting. Apparently he came to speak at my high school a few years before I was there, and from what I heard he wasn't all that great. He was just all about undirected anger and when he wasn't actually behind the podium he spent all his time bitching about how he wasn't allowed to smoke on campus.

But... I'm not such a fan of his stuff, either. I like Cat's Cradle, and Harrison Bergeron. I hated Slaughterhouse Five, and I couldn't finish Breakfast of Champions. So maybe I'm just not inclined to like him in person.
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Postby Berge » Fri Apr 20, 2007 12:08 am UTC

Harrison Bergeron was the first story of his I read. My parents got me interested in it by pointing out that the main character had the same last name as us. This was a big deal to the 8 year old me.

I think my favorite story of his is either Galapagos or the Barnhouse effect.
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Postby Ended » Fri Apr 20, 2007 8:24 pm UTC

I learnt of his death from someone's facebook status. I was like, wha...? :(

I think my favourites were Slaughterhouse-5 and Player Piano.
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Postby Akira » Sat Apr 21, 2007 12:42 am UTC

I... haven't read hardly anything of his...

I say hardly, becuase I read Harrison Bergeron, and I loved that... But... Otherwise...

From what I've heard from many people, though, we've lost an asset to the literary world.
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Postby ArmonSore » Sat Apr 21, 2007 10:52 pm UTC

Vonnegut's novels are about the only ones that I actually want to finish, when I'm half way through. He is my favorite, and will be missed.
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Re: RIP Kurt Vonnegut

Postby zomgmouse » Thu Mar 06, 2008 8:06 am UTC

I still think he's in the fourth dimension, hiding.
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Postby xabram » Thu Mar 06, 2008 10:58 am UTC

Alisto wrote:So it goes.


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