So long Kurt
One of my favorite writers has died. As he'd say, "And so it goes."
I've read every book he's ever written with the exception of his most recent, and I intend to read that soon.
Vonnegut has been likened to the 20th century's Mark Twain, his wit and wisdom in examining the absurdity and sheer stupidity of mankind, all with an engaging fatalistic wit, will endure alongside Twain and other of the world's great writers.
A confirmed aetheist, he won't have to worry about what sort of mumbo-jumbo he's facing at the moment. Vonnegut had a rational and bemused lack of respect for authority types anyway, and that surely included any possible dieties.
One of many memorable Vonnegut phrases that often spring to mind, especially when reading the impecilic comments that a few particularly freaked-out people are in the habit of sending, is this: "Take a flying fuck at a rolling donut. Take a flying fuck at the mooooooooon!"
Thanks for that Kurt. Thanks for everything. Hope they have plenty of Pall Mall straights wherever you're at.
The picture posted on Vonnegut's website commemorating his death. Also note that they somehow incorporate one of his more famous doodles of... well, what it looks like, in the URL.