Sunday, April 15, 2007

More on Kurt Vonnegut on Britannica Blog

Here's this beautiful obit to Kurt Vonnegut in Encyclopaedia Britannica Blog (by the way, this blog has the best designs I have seen so far, and the writing is subtle and flawless, check it out). Read here: Kurt Vonnegut - Britannica Blog.

"...He had a gift for names of characters. Who can forget Diana Moon Glampers ("My mother was a Moon; my father was a Glampers") in Rosewater? He even invented a character that stood, consciously or not, as his own self-rebuke, the completely unsentimental science-fiction writer Kilgore Trout. 

"Some of the commentary following his death mentioned his fascination with suicide. Many of us have considered, in the abstract at least, the idea of suicide, as when, at 14, you were not invited to the party of the year; or when, at 18, the love of your life left you. But Vonnegut evidently kept on considering it, right up to the age of 84, by which time surely one ought to have outgrown the Romantic solipsism of youth. 

"I recommend the early novels to all young people who have just graduated from Harry Potter. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll get some small sense of the crazy world you are about to inhabit. Just don't stop there. "

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