Thursday, April 12, 2007

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. 1922-2007

The passing of an American literary icon. And iconoclast. Time to dig out the old books from storage. And get a Vonnegut film festival together from Netflix; don't think I've ever seen Mother Night.

Of all places, the best memorial I've read today, is by that dancing, globetrotting, madcap blogger, Matt Harding, (from Where the Hell is Matt? fame). Powerful stuff. And true. (but I'm still not removing the semicolon in the first paragraph!)

If you're Sirius radio subscribers, (or want to try it out online free for three days), you can catch a rebroadcast on Sunday evening, of today's "Vin Scelsa's Idiot's Delight" show, which was, in turn, a replaying of his 1996 interview with Vonnegut Jr. on his WNEW broadcast radio show. Well worth looking up.. I think it's on at either 7 or 8 PM Eastern time, Sunday April 15.


  1. I got to see Kurt Vonnegut give a lecture at the University of South Carolina back in the 90s - he was terrific.

    Did you know that his brother had ties to New Mexico (even Socorro / Magdalena)? Bernie Vonnegut was an atmospheric scientist who collaborated with the folks at Langmuir Lab up on Baldy.

    We've lost some good ones this year.

  2. Yeah, we have.
    Didn't know that about his brother. Know his son's a writer as well.. when asked what it was like growing up with a famous author as a father, said he only remembered him as a salesman who couldn't sell a Saab to save his life.

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