So it goes.

Kurt Vonnegut became unstuck in time for the last time yesterday.

Let’s take a moment and appreciate the crazy old bastard, eh?

I leave you with one of my favorite quotes from Slaughterhouse-Five:

“Go take a flying fuck at a rolling doughnut,” murmered Paul Lazzaro in his azure nest. “Go take a flying fuck at the moon.”

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    Miri says:

    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.
    Kurt Vonnegut

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    Yvonne says:

    “A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.”
    From: Sirens of Titan

    And my favorite, “How embarassing to be human.”

    I haven’t been this sad since Vincent Price died.

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    Teddy Pig says:

    Be careful what you pretend to be because you are what you pretend to be.

    Kurt Vonnegut

    and a more appropriate quote I just saw…

    To whom it may concern: It is springtime. It is late afternoon.

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    emdee says:

    Vonnegut made a major impression on me in my youth. It was the 60’s and his novels were revolutionary.  RIP, Billy Pilgrim.

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    Bonnie Vanak says:

    “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?” Kurt Vonnegut

    sniff, sniff.  :*-(

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    Najida says:

    I remember reading “Breakfast of Champions” when I was a itty bitty teen. And I can also remember an essay he wrong later about a serial killer who had come very close to his daughter.

    The humor was gone and there stood the frightened father.  RIP Mr. V.

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    Kaite says:

    I was very sad to hear this news today; Slaughterhouse Five was one of those books that made a huge impression on me when I was a teen.

    I tried reading it again, but like all great fiction, it’s a book for a specific time and place in one’s life.

    I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don’t let anybody tell you different.

    :-)

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    Mollie says:

    “If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph: The only proof he needed for the existence of God was music.” -Kurt Vonnegut

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    Ann Aguirre says:

    Mollie said it all.

    I remember seeing Vonnegut on TV and being amazed at his presence, so comfortable with his rustic ugliness and somehow managing to achieve an urbane confidence because of it.

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    Tammy says:

    “What, incidentally, was a pregnant mother of two doing, operating a vacuum cleaner on Mother’s Day? She was practically asking for a bullet between the eyes, wasn’t she?”

    - Deadeye Dick

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    R. says:

    What a numbing loss.  He was one of the smartest and sharpest writers I’ve ever read.  He’s a helluvan act to have to follow.

    No new books to anticipate from Kurt—this is tragic.  Somehow he had always seemed immortal to me.

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    Vivi Anna says:

    RIP

    A sad day indeed.

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    TeddyPig says:

    “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.
    Kurt Vonnegut”

    Ah, but did the man ever read Heinlein?
    I still have scars from that one book… *shudder*

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    Doug says:

    I love him. Love. Him.

    Can’t remember where I read it, but I think it was from an intro he wrote for one of his novels. He was quoting a brother, or perhaps a brother-in-law, who felt overwhelmed by a new baby in the household; but true to form for Vonnegut, he generalized the quote into a philosophy of life. The quote: “Here am I, cleaning shit off of everything.”

    At work, a week doesn’t go by where I don’t remember that quote at least once or twice.

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    Yes, “we’re all here on earth just to fart around.”
    And don’t you forget it.
    *sigh*
    I am really going to miss knowing he was around to write sensible books like ‘Slaughterhouse V’ and ‘A Man Without a Country’. He wasn’t afraid to say what he meant to say.
    I’m reading ‘Welcome to the Monkey House’ in his honor today.

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    Kiku says:

    ‘If you find your life tangled up with somebody else’s life for no very logical reasons,’ writes Bokonon, ‘that person may be a member of your karass.
    – Cat’s Cradle

    My mom wrote her thesis on Cat’s Cradle, and I first read it in the fifth grade. I haven’t stopped reading it since. Even though it’s a pack of foma.

    We love you, Kurt.

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    JayP says:

    I love his books.  Nearly 30 years after first reading Cat’s Cradle I still find myself quote bits from it often.

    Busy, busy, busy

    Lucky mud

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    Kimber says:

    That’s funny. My favorite quote from Slaughterhouse V is: “Incidentally, he had a tremendous wang. You never know who’ll get one.”

    I laughed myself stupid on the Greyhound Bus from NY to Washington DC at that.

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