Kurt Vonnegut, whose dark comic talent and urgent moral vision in novels like “Slaughterhouse-Five,” “Cat’s Cradle” and “God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater” caught the temper of his times and the imagination of a generation, died Wednesday night in Manhattan.
I only ever read one book by Kurt Vonnegut. It was “Slaughterhouse-Five” and to be honest, I don’t think I understood it. I tend to take things too literally and very rarely do I find the allegory in stories. It’s possible that Mr. Vonnegut was beyond me. I’ve heard that “Breakfast of Champions” is a good read and maybe at some point I’ll pick that one up. Not today, as my shelf is currently overloaded with books that have been loaned, borrowed, or bought that I may never finish reading.
Still, I think it’s important that we cherish great writers and what they offer to the world. I think too often we’re caught up in the fast world of entertainment and advertisement and we fail to notice the true genius of those whose art requires a little more effort. So with that in mind, I challenge you to pick up any Vonnegut book this month and read something that could change your view of the world.
In other news, 3294 American servicemen and women have been killed in Iraq since the beginning of the occupation of that country on March 19, 2003. So it goes.
See you in the funny papers!