Thursday, April 12, 2007


Kurt Vonnegut died today. This makes me very sad, but his death itself is not the tragedy. He was 84 years old. His words have influenced multiple generations, and he was around long enough to see and feel that influence, and to have grown men and women tell him how much his books meant to their development as human beings.
The tragedy is that (if you believe CNN, FOX, REUTERS, etc.) he died in a time and place where people are indifferent to the fact that Kurt Vonnegut is dead. If America is truly indifferent to his death because we are ignorant of his life and work, then I am inconsolable.