12 April, 2007

Kurt Vonnegut died today and as one of my friends said, “Part of the world's imagination has died with him.” I read Vonnegut’s book A Man Without a Country which essentially was his thoughts on life, his work, and the country’s current situation. I didn’t agree with him on a lot of it, but it was still interesting to read. He is without a doubt one of the greatest writers of the last fifty years. His work is mesmerizing, raw, and pretensions as all get out. It takes courage to say what you think, and more courage to continue saying it when everyone wants you to be quiet. I respect him though I don’t agree, and that is the mark of a good writer. It’s easy to push people’s buttons and be contrary to be contrary – but Vonnegut did it intelligently, which is a rarity now a days.

To read more about him go here.

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