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Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Dies At 84

kdawson posted more than 7 years ago | from the unstuck-in-time dept.

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At least twenty-two readers took the trouble to make sure we knew that Kurt Vonnegut has died at 84. From the Times obituary: "Kurt Vonnegut, whose dark comic talent and urgent moral vision in novels like 'Slaughterhouse-Five,' 'Cat's Cradle' and 'God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater' caught the temper of his times and the imagination of a generation, died last night in Manhattan... Mr. Vonnegut suffered irreversible brain injuries as a result of a fall several weeks ago, according to his wife, Jill Krementz." Reader SPK adds: "He will be remembered not only as a great writer, but also as a staunch civil libertarian (long-term member of the ACLU) and as a 'mainstream/literary' author who integrated science fiction concepts into his writing. So it goes."

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Bokononist last rites (4, Insightful)

djdead (135363) | more than 7 years ago | (#18701677)

God made mud.
God got lonesome.
So God said to some of the mud, "Sit up!"
"See all I've made," said God, "the hills, the sea, the sky, the stars."
And I was some of the mud that got to sit up and look around.
Lucky me, lucky mud.
I, mud, sat up and saw what a nice job God had done.
Nice going God.

Re:Bokononist last rites (4, Funny)

mstahl (701501) | more than 7 years ago | (#18701717)

I wonder if he died while thumbing his nose at God.... It would seem a fitting gesture.

Re:Bokononist last rites (5, Insightful)

hey! (33014) | more than 7 years ago | (#18702091)

I wonder if he died while thumbing his nose at God.... It would seem a fitting gesture.


The inability to conceive of a God who would find that amusing is the biggest reason that belief is on the decline.

The idea of an omnipotent God who creates a creature capable of reason, then throws an eternal hissy fit when that creature doesn't spend all his time telling God how wonderful He is... Well it seems like rather insecure behavior for an all powerful, all loving being.

A God who didn't want anybody in heaven unless they had the spunk to spit in His eye would make more sense. So Vonnegut, you're in. Give my regards to Twain when you see him.

Re:Bokononist last rites (5, Funny)

eln (21727) | more than 7 years ago | (#18702231)

This reminds me of a sign I pass every morning on my way to work. It is a sign for a Muslim Community Center. Now, I'm not picking on Muslims here, I'm sure there are plenty of Christian churches with similar signage. Anyway, the sign says something to the effect of "Men were created to worship God."

Every time I pass that sign, it strikes me as funny. After all, how insecure does God have to be to go to all the trouble of creating an entirely new species just to tell him how great he is? Couldn't he have saved himself a lot of trouble by standing in front of a mirror every morning doing self assurance exercises, a la Stuart Smalley? Or maybe some good old fashioned Prozac?

Not Just Religion. Goodbye, Dear Man. (4, Interesting)

Philip K Dickhead (906971) | more than 7 years ago | (#18702325)

Tiger got to hunt
Eagle got to fly
Man got to ask his self
Why, why, why?

Tiger got to sleep
Eagle got to land
Man got to tell his self
He Understand

--Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle

Re:Bokononist last rites (3, Informative)

Bill Wong (583178) | more than 7 years ago | (#18701749)

God made mud.
God got lonesome.
So God said to some of the mud, "Sit up!"
"See all I've made," said God, "the hills, the sea, the sky, the stars."
And I was some of the mud that got to sit up and look around.
Lucky me, lucky mud.
I, mud, sat up and saw what a nice job God had done.
Nice going, God.
Nobody but you could have done it, God! I certainly couldn't have.
I feel very unimportant compared to You.
The only way I can feel the least bit important is to think of all the mud that didn't even get to sit up and look around.
I got so much, and most mud got so little.
Thank you for the honor!
Now mud lies down again and goes to sleep.
What memories for mud to have!
What interesting other kinds of sitting-up mud I met!
I loved everything I saw!
Good night.
I will go to heaven now.
I can hardly wait...
To find out for certain what my wampeter was...
And who was in my karass...
And all the good things our karass did for you.
Amen.

Re:Bokononist last rites (1)

hobo sapiens (893427) | more than 7 years ago | (#18701835)

And so on.

Re:Bokononist last rites (1)

flyingsquid (813711) | more than 7 years ago | (#18701957)

Vonnegut's Sirens of Titan seems to have been a huge influence on the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: in Sirens, one of the jokes is that the entirety of human history results from the meddling of an alien species.

Re:Bokononist last rites (1)

CableModem (788941) | more than 7 years ago | (#18702583)

I believe so as well. Maybe it's not just coincidence that Vonnegut died at 84, exactly twice the number 42. "Everything was beautiful, and nothing hurt." So it goes.

Re:Bokononist last rites (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 7 years ago | (#18702581)

No one ever dies. He's just unstuck in time.

Sad news ... Kurt Vonnegut Jr, dead at 84 (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18701697)

I just heard some sad news on slashdot - Horror/Sci Fi writer Kurt Vonnegut Jr was found dead in his Manhattan home this morning. There weren't many more details. I'm sure everyone in the Slashdot community will miss him - even if you didn't enjoy his work, there's no denying his contributions to mercurian culture. Truly an American icon.

So long, Kurt... (2, Insightful)

Lurker2288 (995635) | more than 7 years ago | (#18701705)

...from those who have taken a flying fuck at a rolling donut, or a flying fuck at the moooooon.

Another one bites the dust. Ho hum.

Re:So long, Kurt... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18702677)

...so it goes.

Sad news.... Kurt Vonnegut, dead at 84 (-1, Redundant)

nbvb (32836) | more than 7 years ago | (#18701713)

Nah, too easy. Way, way too easy.

Re:Sad news.... Kurt Vonnegut, dead at 84 (1)

Bloke down the pub (861787) | more than 7 years ago | (#18701741)

At least he wasn't eaten by wolves. Senselessly.

Thanks for the good reads, Kurt (3, Insightful)

drewzhrodague (606182) | more than 7 years ago | (#18701723)

Thanks for the good reads, Kurt. Time to go through my bookshelf, and do a little rediscovery. Thanks so much.

Re:Thanks for the good reads, Kurt (5, Insightful)

Scott7477 (785439) | more than 7 years ago | (#18702013)

A big part of my appreciation for Vonnegut lies in the fact that his work has been accepted as literature by the literary elites while including elements of science fiction. Typically science fiction is not considered to be literature.

Re:Thanks for the good reads, Kurt (1)

Cheapy (809643) | more than 7 years ago | (#18702379)

Dune?

Re:Thanks for the good reads, Kurt (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18702451)

Dune sucked.

Re:Thanks for the good reads, Kurt (1)

Adhemar (679794) | more than 7 years ago | (#18702159)

I must admin I never heard of the man until a few weeks ago.

I have the habit of taking literary advice from my favourite authors though. Recently Slashdot [slashdot.org] directed me to a long unpublished interview [darkermatter.com] with Douglas Adams, in which Douglas spoke highly of The Sirens of Titan.

I had luck. Even though the English section of my local library is rather limited, it has a copy. I'm now at page 98 and already I love what I'm reading.

[Maybe in chrono-synclastic infundibula I could find out what's so bloody dangerous about me reading pages 90 to 110. This is now at least the fifth time in my 20-something year old life that I learn of the death of a good author when I'm reading one of his books, and I'm around page 100.]

Re: Where to start? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18702669)

To someone unfamiliar with his works ... is there a best place to start?

From what I've gathered, it sounds like there are some recurring themes/characters - so I'm not sure if there are stories that should/must be read before others or if it isn't so important to go through in a particular order.

Any advice for the Vonnegut newbies out here?

Re: Where to start? (3, Informative)

enharmonix (988983) | more than 7 years ago | (#18702859)

Slaughterhouse Five

a little less love (2, Insightful)

stoolpigeon (454276) | more than 7 years ago | (#18701733)

a little more decency - please.

Re:a little less love (4, Funny)

dr_dank (472072) | more than 7 years ago | (#18702003)

So I guess I shouldn't do this:

*

Re:a little less love (4, Informative)

grub (11606) | more than 7 years ago | (#18702077)


Heheheh, it's the favicon for his page [vonnegut.com] . :)

Re:a little less love (1)

el_gordo101 (643167) | more than 7 years ago | (#18702521)

Brilliant, just brilliant. He will be missed...

Re:a little less love (1)

doomy (7461) | more than 7 years ago | (#18702637)

so it goes...

ACLU huh (-1, Flamebait)

minus_273 (174041) | more than 7 years ago | (#18701759)

well let me use my civil rights to say good riddance to trash.

Re:ACLU huh (1)

alienmole (15522) | more than 7 years ago | (#18702459)

Spoken like someone who's never read a book in his life. Well done, you're this guy [ctrlaltdel-online.com] .

So it goes (4, Funny)

WormholeFiend (674934) | more than 7 years ago | (#18701765)

and another thing, Vonnegut... I'm gonna stop payment on the check!

Re:So it goes (1)

otacon (445694) | more than 7 years ago | (#18701821)

I was going to say that, but I couldn't remember the exact quote.

Re:So it goes (1)

elebrin (844422) | more than 7 years ago | (#18701849)

This comment is strangely reminiscent of the fark thread.

Anyways... while his death is saddening, his works will with any luck be around for some time.

Slaughterhouse Five is probably one of the most interesting books I've read. If you enjoy his work you may want to look into Harlan Ellison.

Re:So it goes (1)

Robot Randy (982296) | more than 7 years ago | (#18701941)

Why would I want to look into Harlan Ellison. Hell, I hardly want to look AT Harlan Ellison!

Asimov was right...

Re:So it goes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18702291)

RD listens to KV's retort over the phone

"fuck me? FUCK YOU!"


I thank you. Greatest ever Rodney Dangerfield gag. :D

I'd easily have traded all of hollywood, (5, Insightful)

Spazntwich (208070) | more than 7 years ago | (#18701781)

to give that man 10 more years.

The world is truly poorer for his loss. :-(

Re:I'd easily have traded all of hollywood, (5, Funny)

Aladrin (926209) | more than 7 years ago | (#18701907)

What if ... What if we already did? Would explain a lot of things about Hollywood.

Re:I'd easily have traded all of hollywood, (1)

tinkertim (918832) | more than 7 years ago | (#18701951)

to give that man 10 more years.

The world is truly poorer for his loss. :-(


God may prefer something of greater value. Try a doughnut.

Kurt Vonnegut JUNIOR? (3, Funny)

objekt (232270) | more than 7 years ago | (#18701785)

Oh man, all this time I thought Kurt Vonnegut AND his son Kurt Vonnegut Jr. were both authors. Now they are BOTH dead!

Sad sad news. (1)

flitty (981864) | more than 7 years ago | (#18701795)

This is sad. Cat's Cradle instituted a real shift in my life, and he will be missed.

Re:Sad sad news. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18701895)

For me Slaughterhouse-Five [amazon.com] , with its basis in Vonnegut's actual experiences in the horrific firebombing of Dresden, had a much bigger impact on my beliefs about politics and society. One might not become a total pacifist after reading it, but it certainly makes one want to object to a war where the plans of leaders are so poorly thought out and the lives of individuals are allowed to become mere statistics, and ignored ones at that.

Re:Sad sad news. (1)

emudoug42 (977380) | more than 7 years ago | (#18702421)

Vonnegut was more of an influence on me than anyone else who I had never met. I read and re-read every one of his books, and loved most of them. I've had dreams where I met him. They were awesome dreams. He was a fantastic writer and human being. He will be missed.

Name only movie Valerie Perrine showed her boobies (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18701807)


Name the only movie Valerie Perrine showed her boobies...

That's right, Billy, it was "Schlachthof-Fünf".

Lucky Billy:

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Re:Name only movie Valerie Perrine showed her boob (0, Offtopic)

stox (131684) | more than 7 years ago | (#18701977)

She also showed her boobies during prime-time network television, at least in some markets, in 1973. See http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0167415/ [imdb.com] I never imagined that would be the first, and last time, it was done on broadcast TV.

Well (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18701819)

Kurt's up in heaven now..

Re:Well (5, Informative)

jamie (78724) | more than 7 years ago | (#18702017)

Anonymous cowards can be funny sometimes. By way of explanation, here's an excerpt from Vonnegut's book God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian:

I am a humanist, which means, in part, that I have tried to behave decently without any expectation of regards or punishments after I'm dead. My German-American ancestors, the earliest of whom settled in our Middle West about the time of our Civil War, called themselves "Freethinkers," which is the same sort of thing. My great grandfather Clemens Vonnegut wrote, for example, "If what Jesus said was good, what can it matter whether he was God or not?"

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. It rolled them in the aisles. Mirth! Several minutes had to pass before something resembling solemnity could be restored.

Re:Well (5, Informative)

sherpajohn (113531) | more than 7 years ago | (#18702041)

'Being a Humanist means trying to behave decently without expectation of rewards or punishment after you are dead.' - Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (1922-2007)

Re:Well (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18702509)

I think it's a reference to a passage from his most recent book:

I am, incidentally, Honorary President of the American Humanist Association, having succeeded the late, great science fiction writer Isaac Asimov in that totally functionless capacity. We had a memorial service for Isaac a few years back, and I spoke and said at one point, "Isaac is up in heaven now." It was the funniest thing I could have said to an audience of humanists. I rolled them in the aisles. It was several minutes before order could be restored. And if I die, God forbid, I hope you will say, "Kurt is up in heaven now." That's my favorite joke.

Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut dies at 84. (5, Insightful)

penp (1072374) | more than 7 years ago | (#18701833)

So it goes.

from wikiquote (5, Informative)

stoolpigeon (454276) | more than 7 years ago | (#18701843)

If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph:

THE ONLY PROOF HE NEEDED
FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD
WAS MUSIC

        * Vonnegut's Blues For America 07 January, 2006 Sunday Herald

Re:from wikiquote (1)

Adam Hazzlebank (970369) | more than 7 years ago | (#18702531)

Wasn't Vonnegut an Atheist? Or were his beliefs more ambiguous than that?

So it goes. (1)

Shky (703024) | more than 7 years ago | (#18701847)

I just read my first Vonnegut novel a few months ago (Slaughterhouse-Five). I just started Breakfast of Champions a couple days ago. This writer that I'd somehow never heard of, who'd written Slaughterhouse-Five, instantly one of my favourites of all time, is now dead. Deeply depressing.

So it goes, I guess. So it goes.

Re:So it goes. (1)

stoolpigeon (454276) | more than 7 years ago | (#18701905)

fwiw - you've got a ton of great books still to go - and if you make it through all of them, you'll get to experience the joy of going back and finding out they are just as awesome the 2nd, 3rd or even 4th or 5th time around. i just finished bluebeard a month or two back for the fourth time, but i hadn't read it in a while, and it was awesome still. i'm so glad a sliver of his genius is preserved in print.

Re:So it goes. (1)

TRS80NT (695421) | more than 7 years ago | (#18702847)

Well said. The only thing I would add is what I always mention when trying to turn someone on to Vonnegut: Read Timequake last. It will make more sense and the other, earlier works will deepen in meaning too.


Sad Day (1)

Agilus (471376) | more than 7 years ago | (#18701859)

Ah, a sad day.

I can't say I read that much of his work, but he's one of those authors on my to-read list. However, I really enjoyed his essay on vulgarity in writing, and the embedded story (The Big Space Fuck). It simultaneously appealed to my juvenile sense of humor, made an impression on me about the impact of words and what true vulgarity is, and made me seriously think about how to make my characters talk like real people.

Ob ituaray (1)

E.J.Thribb (910683) | more than 7 years ago | (#18701861)

So. Farewell then, Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
My favourites were "Breakfast of Champions" and "Bonfire of the Vanities".
Or was that one of Chrichton's?

Re:Ob ituaray (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18701965)

"Bonfire of the Vanities" was by Tom Wolfe.

Re:Ob ituaray (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18702203)

So who wrote "Stupidity for Dummies" [wikipedia.org] ? You, perchance?

I'm not sure what to say. (1)

phrackwulf (589741) | more than 7 years ago | (#18701865)

I'm glad the pain is over for him. Death is always a sure fire solution to pain. And he may be one of the last adults we will ever hear say "I didn't commit suicide because I wanted to set a good example for my children." Imagine, setting a good example. What a good thing to do. Thank you for Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt. Thank you for showing us a bunch of apes hiding in a cave full of offal and ordure while other flying apes drop rocks on them. Thank you for burning that image into us again and again. And thanks for being accountable and holding us accountable. I'm going to miss that a lot. [-)

Read headline too quick (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18701875)

I thought it said "Kurt Wagner Dies"
Give me another reason to be mad at marvel [wikipedia.org]

Dies? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18701899)

Dies? You mean it's happening right now?

Can we please report the news in the past tense? Just cos CNN does it doesn't make it right

Re:Dies? (1)

penp (1072374) | more than 7 years ago | (#18702143)

No.

So it goes (3, Interesting)

Megane (129182) | more than 7 years ago | (#18701903)

My best Vonnegut moment was when I was watching that Rodney Dangerfield movie "Back To School" in a theatre. In one scene, there's a knock at the door, and Rodney opens the door, and it's a curly-haired guy who is his tutor for the writings of Vonnegut. That's when I started laughing. Three seconds later, after he says that he is Kurt Vonnegut, the rest of the audience starts laughing.

Re:So it goes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18702461)

Was your point to praise Vonnegut or yourself?

Vonnegut's Asshole (2, Interesting)

Mondo1287 (622491) | more than 7 years ago | (#18701909)

Vonnegut's Asshole -> * One of my favorite authors. I own more of his books than anyone else's.

hm (1)

grub (11606) | more than 7 years ago | (#18701929)


No comment from Kilgore Trout [slashdot.org] , either.

Re:hm (1)

dr_dank (472072) | more than 7 years ago | (#18702661)

Bill remains silent on the matter, too.

Tralfamadore (2, Interesting)

digitalhermit (113459) | more than 7 years ago | (#18701933)

Now two of my favorite authors, Douglas Adams and Kurt Vonnegut, are dead. They both managed to intertwine a strange philosophy in their novels. For Vonnegut, I've always enjoyed the glimpses into Tralfamadorean philosophy. "We are all bugs trapped in amber" they said. It was impossible to ascribe morality to any act. It just is. The easy reading of this idea may say that there's no evil, no good and by following that thread, no God or heaven. But what it really suggests is an idea from antiquity to Marlowe to Conrad to taoism. We are. We must do all that we can on this earth and not let some vague idea of good/bad determine our actions. We must live according to our own personal code.

God bless you, Mr. Vonnegut.

just be careful how you say that (1, Interesting)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 7 years ago | (#18702129)

right and wrong exists, i know that and you know that. what you are really saying is that you want to determine what is right and wrong, not some questionably motivated external entity determining it for you

but the problem is, in your words above, there seems to be a rationale for saying that there is no such thing as right and wrong at all. i know you don't mean that, but if you parse your words above, and look carefully at what you actually say, and what you neglect to say, then you can see how your words might give those who mean ill in this world some satisfaction that you don't have a problem with them

i know what you really mean, but you have to be more careful. you have to be careful what you say, at the very least, so that you don't reinforce a stereotype: the moralizers and social conservatives who are talibanesque in their thinking and atttitudes, they look at the words you wrote above and they find a reason to attack you and paint you as an enemy because your words seem to profess nihilism. so the type of people we both dislike now have an excuse and a renewed sense of determination on attempting to foist their narrow-minded "morals" on you

what you really mean is that you don't share their agenda for, example, denying homosexuals marriage, or denying women abortion, or keeping marijuana illegal, or punishing people for adultery as if it were a capital offense. but in your words above, it almost looks like you don't care if people are murdered right in front of you. of course you don't mean that, but do you see how your words can be parsed that way? especially by the likes of the maerican taliban?

what you don't care for are the moralizers, those who would invade your personal life in the name of their simple-minded fundamentalist attitudes. good for you, i agree with you. but you need to speak more clearly, or you only give such people reason to paint you with their stereotypical brushes as a nihilist. you can see in your words above how they might think what you really mean is you don't care about anything or anyone at all

Re:just be careful how you say that (1)

operagost (62405) | more than 7 years ago | (#18702721)

That's funny, because from what the GP poster said I couldn't extrapolate all that information. From the few lines he wrote, all I see is a nihilist. I have no idea what his moral code is. It could be "do what you will, an it harm none", it could be Hammurabi's code, it could be Osama bin Laden's code. Humanists like to pretend that they are taking the simple, enlightened route, but it's not so simple as that.

Right and wrong don't "exist". (1)

Paul Crowley (837) | more than 7 years ago | (#18702829)

"Right" and "wrong" have no existence outside our heads. I'm against certain kinds of behaviour, but that's not because they are wrong by some external moral standard, but because I find them to be wrong. This position is known as "moral non-cognitivism".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-cognitivism [wikipedia.org]

Note that it is *very* different from what some people call "moral relativism" - it is perfectly consistent for a moral non-congnitivist to eg have someone arrested for murder, even though they do not believe that murder is somehow "objectively wrong".

Re:Tralfamadore (1)

gregmark (750089) | more than 7 years ago | (#18702151)

We're going to see the demise of a lot of beatnick/hippy-era authors, the frickin geniuses who defined absurdism as a novel, in the next ten years. We lost Joseph Heller in '99 (Catch-22). The last living Illuminatus dude just died, I think, in penury. Mailer Lives, but how much longer? DeLillo is getting old... who else should we add to the death watch? Phillip Roth.... still stuck in time.

Re:Tralfamadore (1)

operagost (62405) | more than 7 years ago | (#18702543)

We must do all that we can on this earth and not let some vague idea of good/bad determine our actions.
*Holds teapot of boiling water over your head*
Good, or evil?

Re:Tralfamadore (2, Insightful)

Harry Coin (691835) | more than 7 years ago | (#18702827)

"Pulls plug on cancer patient living in delirious agony."

Good or evil?

"Builds nuclear weapon to figh WWII."

Good or evil?

"Allows birthing mother to bleed to death to save baby."

Good or evil?

"Beheads monarchy to establish democracy in France."

Good or evil?

"Creates strawman to win argument on Slashdot."

Good or evil?

The rules are signposts, not walls, and all morality is relative. Deal with it.

Kurt is up in heaven now (2, Insightful)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 7 years ago | (#18701967)

Mitigating circumstance to mentioned on judgement day: he never asked to be born in the first place.

RIP

Kurt Vonnegut is in heaven now (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18701971)

Kurt Vonnegut is in heaven now

Hi Ho! (1)

postbigbang (761081) | more than 7 years ago | (#18702001)

The days of no gravity were my favorites. The other days, when gravity nailed you to your bed, were the dark days.

So many images, so many interesting newly invented words, imagery, and the skewering of organized religions and belief systems.

Vonnegut was a Zen Master in a Hoosier Veteran's body, with a keen eye for the obscenity and violence that man foists upon man.

There's a vacuum in humanity where he once stood, a lit Lucky Strike in his hand, smiling with rapt amusement at it all.

The world was his ghetto, and rubbing feet together could make it better.

Re:Hi Ho! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18702273)

I agree with your sentiments. But I think you mean a Pall Mall.

Goodbye, Blue Monday (1)

Toe, The (545098) | more than 7 years ago | (#18702027)

*snif!*

"If I should ever die..." (1)

_bug_ (112702) | more than 7 years ago | (#18702063)

Kurt is up in heaven now. [wikiquote.org]

He died yesterday.... (1)

ruffnsc (895839) | more than 7 years ago | (#18702071)

so it goes.

My best memory of him... (2, Funny)

tsmit (222375) | more than 7 years ago | (#18702131)

[after Diane gives Thornton an 'F' for his report, which was actually written by Kurt Vonnegut]
Diane: Whoever *did* write this doesn't know the first thing about Kurt Vonnegut!
[cut to Thornton's dorm suite]
Thornton Melon: [on the phone] ... and *another* thing, Vonnegut! I'm gonna stop payment on the cheque!
[Kurt tells him off]
Thornton Melon: Fuck me? Hey, Kurt, can you read lips, *fuck you*! Next time I'll call Robert Ludlum!
[hangs up]

RIP (2, Funny)

walterwalter (777821) | more than 7 years ago | (#18702163)

RIP Mr. Vonnegut Time will be stuck for a few of us today.

He'll be missed (1)

RaboKrabekian (461040) | more than 7 years ago | (#18702173)

My handle here at Slashdot is a Vonnegut character that I mis-typed. It's always bugged me that it's wrong.

At KV's request, his epitaph (1)

dmccarty (152630) | more than 7 years ago | (#18702205)

If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph:

THE ONLY PROOF HE NEEDED
FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD
WAS MUSIC

- Vonnegut's Blues For America 07 January, 2006 Sunday Herald

Goodbye (1)

capebretonsux (758684) | more than 7 years ago | (#18702305)

Thanks for all the books, Mr. Vonnegut. Rest in peace.

It's going to be tough day at work... (1)

modi123 (750470) | more than 7 years ago | (#18702311)

... writing out code while crying. Most of the sods I had to talk to today, other departments and what not, tell me 'kurt vonnegut who?' The fist of death may make an unscheduled arrival today. Arg.

Considering... (-1, Troll)

leereyno (32197) | more than 7 years ago | (#18702347)

Considering the Gramscian front group that the ACLU has become, I don't know if I would want to be remembered as a supporter, even if that support was at a time before the organization had lots its integrity.

Re:Considering... (1)

chucklinart (1019932) | more than 7 years ago | (#18702643)

Without a citation of a "Gramscian" case, that's just a rehashing of far-right propaganda. The ACLU has defended far-rightists including Rush Limbaugh [foxnews.com] , despite all the nasty propaganda he spread against them. Very Christian of them in the, "Love thy Neighbor" sense if not the Bushbot sense.

He will be sorely missed. (1)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 7 years ago | (#18702391)

But his body of work will go on and on. The world is a better place for having had him in it for a while.

As a side note, I saw this in the Firehose earlier, and felt really odd about clicking the "thumbs-up" icon next to it.

So It Goes (1)

Enderandrew (866215) | more than 7 years ago | (#18702393)

"But whoever did write it doesn't know the first thing about Kurt Vonnegut!"

God I'm going to miss that bastard. He wrote so little and yet gave us so much.

He isn't dead (1)

vague disclaimer (861154) | more than 7 years ago | (#18702417)

He just came unstuck in time.

Today, Kurt Vonnegut became unstuck in time. (1)

simrook (548769) | more than 7 years ago | (#18702433)

Today, Kurt Vonnegut became unstuck in time. /salute /rip

He will be missed (1)

UnknowingFool (672806) | more than 7 years ago | (#18702445)

"So it goes."

Laughed my ass off! (1)

Sir_Eptishous (873977) | more than 7 years ago | (#18702499)

Not only was he an incredibly insightful author, as in the "emperor has no clothes" school (Ed Abbey, Hunter Thompson, et al), but he was funny as FUCK!

I can't remember which book it is, but there is one part where a rabid dog is coming at the character in the book (I think it's himself he's writing about) and he says something to the effect of, "he was so scared, that his testicles retracted up into his body like the landing gear on an aircraft". I was on the bus when I read that, and I laughed out loud, with everyone on the bus looking at me!

The article skipped a lot of his work (1)

PFI_Optix (936301) | more than 7 years ago | (#18702507)

Including my two favorites: Bluebeard and Galapagos.

RIP Kurt, your books sustained my love of literature in the desert of creativity that is a university's liberal arts department.

And so it goes... (1)

Surlyboi (96917) | more than 7 years ago | (#18702561)

We will miss you, Kurt.

Hey, I'll miss him (2, Funny)

lseltzer (311306) | more than 7 years ago | (#18702591)

That was one hell of a graduation speech he gave a few years back.

subject line (4, Funny)

Mahtar (324436) | more than 7 years ago | (#18702699)

man that's too bad I really liked Nirvana

Goodbye Kurt (1)

RiddleofSteel (819662) | more than 7 years ago | (#18702751)

Truly an American literary great.

And so it goes...

Heh (1)

starseeker (141897) | more than 7 years ago | (#18702801)

In Back to School, Vonnegut was hired to write a report for a class about one of his own books. The results of that report being graded were a failing grade and the remark "whoever wrote that didn't know the first thing about Kurt Vonnegut."

To my way of thinking that was probably the funniest bit of the movie (my own experiences in English classes in high school made me wonder essentially the same thing - did the author ACTUALLY mean any of this?), and I have always wondered who's idea it originally was to do that bit.
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