Thursday, April 12, 2007

Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt

The world lost a giant last night.
I only read a couple of Kurt Vonnegut works, so I'm not in a position to comment much.
But when I was starting to read, friends who were a few years older said repeatedly that they read Vonnegut and did so, not in so many words, because they looked to him to figure things out.
Sure he was outrageous and caustic, but their sense was that Vonnegut could show the way to people looking for answers to some fundamental questions.
It made a big impression growing up that that's where some answers were to begin with,
and that wisdom could come in an appealing mess and still be funny in spots.
In time, I found a good crew for that; but Vonnegut was huge, especially since something on his scale hasn't come along since.

Posted by Dave

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