Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut has passed away at the age of 84.

Kurt Vonnegut, the satirical novelist who captured the absurdity of war and questioned the advances of science in darkly humorous works such as “Slaughterhouse-Five” and “Cat’s Cradle,” died Wednesday. He was 84. […]

The author of at least 19 novels, many of them best-sellers, as well as dozens of short stories, essays and plays, Vonnegut relished the role of a social critic. He lectured regularly, exhorting audiences to think for themselves and delighting in barbed commentary against the institutions he felt were dehumanizing people.

I recall seeing him on The Daily Show last year and marveling at how feeble he seemed–and how sad it was that one of the sharpest literary minds of a generation was beginning to lose it.

As my brother quipped: “And so it goes.”

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