Sunday, April 15, 2007

Kurt Vonnegut: A Literary Legend is Dead

Kurt Vonnegut died last Wednesday at 84, several weeks after suffering a fall. To me, Vonnegut was a guy who wrote Slaughterhouse Five. In recent years he stood against America using war as a leadership tactic and wrote columns collected in a book, A Man Without A Country: A Memoir of Life in George W Bush's America. He was a guy who went to the famed Iowa Writers' Workshop, lived on the east coast, but called Indianapolis home. He was a brilliant writer, and the saddest of these iconic goodbyes is that, unless discovered under a mattress, there's no hope of another manuscript.