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R.I.P. Kurt Vonnegut

One of my favorite authors - Kurt Vonnegut - is dead today at the age of 84.

"I am, incidentally, Honorary President of the American Humanist Association, having succeeded the late, great science fiction writer Isaac Asimov in that totally functionless capacity. We had a memorial service for Isaac a few years back, and I spoke and said at one point, "Isaac is up in heaven now." It was the funniest thing I could have said to an audience of humanists. I rolled them in the aisles. It was several minutes before order could be restored. And if I should ever die, God forbid, I hope you will say, "Kurt is up in heaven now." That's my favorite joke."

"During the Vietnam War, Abbie Hoffman announced that the new high was banana peels taken rectally. So then FBI scientists stuffed banana peels up their asses to find out if this was true or not."

Vonnegut will be missed.


I just had an awful thought.

In the last three years, three of my favorite authors have died. We've lost Hunter S. Thompson, Molly Ivins AND Kurt Vonnegut. Add 9/11, this insane bloodbath of a war, and the maniacal, increasingly-fascist Bush Regime, and you get one hell of a tough decade.

They say bad things happen in three's. Let's hope this is the last of our nation's most treasured writers to pass -- for a while, at least.


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