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Though in truth I thought he was already dead. Ooops.
for about 6 months i only read kurt vonnegut but i did ruin my parents trip to see him speak when i was a wee bairn and they rushed home worried i'd caught cot death for no apparant reason.
he was a very great man
so sad. the man is a legend.
up in heaven now.
someone got that.
if you've never read Cat's Cradle, you really really really should do.
Although quite sad news, he was really old and achieved a lot, so let's not be too glum
This guy is probably my biggest ever hero
sad, sad day
I feel like crying
i'm reading his endless wonderful quotes pages to console myself.
"Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae."
the wisest man who ever lived?
I'll read Slaughterhouse 5 again tonight in honour.
and he was old and had a good life.
I'm really saddened by this news. He was truly my favourite writer.
The way he wrote was such a pleasure to read - like being told anecdotes by an incredibly wise uncle.
Incidentally I really recommend the last book he wrote - "A Man Without A Country" to anyone who hasn't read it - it's an incredibly passionate piece of work.
I bought that the day it came out I was so excited about getting it.
"A book is an arrangement of 26 phonetic symbols, 10 numbers, and about 8 punctuation marks, and people can cast their eyes over these and envision the eruption of Mount Vesuvius or the Battle of Waterloo."
to wake up to.
one of my favourite authors.
so I'm paraphrasing from memory:
"Do you want to know what a twerp is? When I was at school 'twerp' had a very significant meaning, it was someone who stuck false teeth up his butt. And why would someone do that? Why else but to bite the buttons off the back seat of taxicabs?"
Breakfast of Champions - one of the best books ever written ever. We love you Kurt!
only last night i started rereading breakfast of champions at was again in awe of it. the slant he put on the world changed the way i look at everything.
i do not generally have heroes. vonnegut was one of my only ones.
RIP Kurt. you crazy crazy genius.
so won't pretend I have done. He was in his 80s and he was old, and he wrote some books that people liked.
us with another utterly pointless post prole. everything you wrote was self evident.
is it possible that some people did more than 'liked' his books?
(i actually think you would love his books, judging by the little i know about you- or at least about your online persona).
of that comment?
if a baby died would you say 'oh well at least they'll only need a small coffin'?
and his novels were incredibly enjoyable to read, really quite life defining. Feels like I've been expecting him to die for about four years now. Good to know it wasn't the cancer. Top 5 KV novels
1. Breakfast of Champions
2. Slaughterhouse Five
3. Cats Cradle
4. Bluebeard (a controversial choice)
5. Mother Night
"Once I understood what was making America such a dangerous, unhappy nation of people who had nothing to do with real life, I resolved to shun storytelling. I would write about life. Every person would be exactly as important as any other. All facts would also be given equal weightiness. Nothing would be left out. Let others bring order to chaos. I would bring chaos to order, instead, which I think I have done.
If all writers would do that, then perhaps citizens not in the literary trades will understand that there is no order in the world around us, that we must adapt ourselves to the requirements of chaos instead.
It is hard to adapt to chaos, but it can be done. I am living proof of that: It can be done."
'Breakfast of Champions'
although I have actually only read those three
breakfast of champs. neither did KV according to his 'report card'
1.Sirens of Titan
5.God Bless You Mr Rosewater
1. cats cradle
2. mother night
3. slaughter house 5
4. breakfast of champions
mother night should be in my top 5. as should 'deadeye dick' and about three others.
4. galapagos (controversial inclusion)
5. cats cradle
is at the end of mother night when he compares minds to a mechanical system of gears, all people have some gears slightly damaged with teeth missing making people irrational and unable to comprehend simple truths whilst at other times functioning normally as a way of understanding the madness in the world and only condems those who delibrately break their thought machines by ignoring truths they can do with out.
Didn't explain it well but yeah
what he said was stupid. especially coming from someone who regards himself as the foremost intellectual on any number of topics.
probably my single favourite favourite author.
i think i'll spend the rest of the night re-reading his wikiquote page. amazing stuff.
very sad face.
(link up there^)
I really should read some of his books...
"I like to sleep. I published a new requiem for old music in another book, in which I said it was no bad thing to want sleep for everyone as an afterlife."
"Listen: we are here on Earth to fart around. Don't let anybody tell you otherwise."
"Who is more to be pitied, a writer bound and gagged by policemen or one living in perfect freedom who has nothing more to say?"
"Many people need desperately to receive this message: "I feel and think much as you do, care about many of the things you care about, although most people don't care about them. You are not alone."
"For some reason, the most vocal Christians among us never mention the Beatitudes. But, often with tears in their eyes, they demand that the Ten Commandments be posted in public buildings. And of course that’s Moses, not Jesus. I haven’t heard one of them demand that the Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes, be posted anywhere.
"Blessed are the merciful" in a courtroom? "Blessed are the peacemakers" in the Pentagon? Give me a break!"
"One of the few good things about modern times: If you die horribly on television, you will not have died in vain. You will have entertained us."
"What is it, what can it possibly be about blowjobs and golf? - Martian Visitor"
"Here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why."
"Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward."
"I am honorary president of the American Humanist Association, having succeeded the late, great, spectacularly prolific writer and scientist, Dr. Isaac Asimov in that essentially functionless capacity. At an A.H.A. memorial service for my predecessor I said, "Isaac is up in Heaven now." That was the funniest thing I could have said to an audience of humanists. [...]
So when my own time comes to join the choir invisible or whatever, God forbid, I hope someone will say, "He's up in Heaven now." Who really knows? I could have dreamed all this.
My epitaph in any case? "Everything was beautiful. Nothing hurt." I will have gotten off so light, whatever the heck it is that was going on."
read his books. start with slaughterhouse five cos that's the classic. not my personal favourite but a 9.9/10 book if ever there was one.
then go read all the others.
It is a shame but he must have lived a good life, he was 84. The way he died wasn't pleasant though. He fell at home, din't he? Anyway a very interesting writer.