Kurt Vonnegut, 1922-2007

April 12, 2007 § 6 Comments

INTERVIEWER:  Mr. Vonnegut, how does a man stay funny when he thinks the world stinks?

VONNEGUT:  He smokes. It helps a lot.

[Excerpted from NOW on PBS]

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§ 6 Responses to Kurt Vonnegut, 1922-2007

  • A truly sad passing. There was a little retrospective of interviews with him on Charlie Rose tonight. Vonnegut said he “graded” his books, and gave Cat’s Cradle, Mother Night, and Slaughterhouse Five all an A. An iconic counter-culture writer, I always think of him as one of the most important popularizers of sci-fi. He made it American literature. Funny what he also said about writers being “spoiled” by overexposure to the classics in English Lit departments. Like Asimov, Vonnegut started scribbling away in a chemistry department — Or so he recounts. A potent alchemical mixture he concocted through an amazing oeuvre.

  • erwin1 says:

    I hate to quote Jon Stewart- but the world became a hint grayer with his passing.. and thats kind of saying alot seeing how gray montreal currently is..

  • john says:

    Don’t smoking restrictions make the world less and less unbearable ? My plan to start smoking as I’ll retire may be compromised.

  • Vila H. says:

    Surely you mean less and less bearable?

  • john says:

    Uh sorry, double negative… :)

  • Vila H. says:

    Ah, I thought so… :-)

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