Posted By: WhitmanO'Neill Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. - 04/12/07 09:51 PM
One of my literary idols is gone at 84. No one like him.

He was a true original, created his own genre really.

"Slaughterhouse-Five," "Breakfast of Champions," and "Cats in the Cradle," among others, all classics.

He had a quirkiness of humor of that somehow charmed pessimism into affirmation.

There isn't much of his work I missed. And he will be greatly missed.

And to borrow his own refrain from "Breakfast of Champions":

And so it goes...
Posted By: WhitmanO'Neill Re: Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. - 04/13/07 08:15 PM
(oops) that's "Cat's Cradle"...must've had Harry Chapin floating through my head...
Posted By: Curuinor Re: Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. - 04/18/07 02:51 AM
I think a lot of his books use that refrain. Slaughterhouse 5, I am sure of. Same with Breakfast of Champions.
Posted By: WhitmanO'Neill Re: Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. - 04/20/07 12:23 AM
Yes, Curuinor... I believe you're right.

"And so it goes" was from Slaughterhouse 5

His mantra from Breakfast of Champions was
"And so on."

Thanks for the correction.
Posted By: WayneS Re: Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. - 05/12/07 09:25 AM
I discovered him late in life; perhaps fate had it that way, so I might be better equipped to fully enjoy his jaywalking sense of humor.
Posted By: Jackie Re: Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. - 05/17/07 01:51 PM
his jaywalking sense of humor. Hey, I like that! And, welcome, Wayne.
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