So It Goes

Kurt Vonnegut, author of such wonderful novels as Slaughterhouse-Five, Cat's Cradle and The Sirens of Titan, died on Wednesday night in Manhattan at the age of 84.

(Kurt Vonnegut)

I love his books; you should pick up one of the books noted above and read it. I think I'll let Vonnegut speak for himself in this article:

"I see nothing wrong with being sophomoric. I mean, my books deal with subjects that interest sophomores. Again, I fault my fraternity brothers from Cornell. Not only do they not read anymore but they're not interested in the Big Questions, and I don't regard that as mature -- I regard it as a long step toward the grave."

"God damn it, you've got to be kind."

"I'm embarrassed to have lived this long. It's in terrible taste (laughs). You know I had a fire several years ago, and it would have been so shapely if I'd died in the fire. But here I am, and of course I'm suing the cigarette company because on the package they promised to kill me, and here I am."

"What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured. "

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

"I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can't see from the center. "

"Life happens too fast for you ever to think about it. If you could just persuade people of this, but they insist on amassing information. "

"I've had a hell of a good time. I tell you, we are here on earth to fart around and don't let anybody tell you any different."

I have a few items on the site from Vonnegut's work; enjoy reading about anti-gerasone, grass carpet, magnetically floating furniture and of course ice-nine.

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