A Man with a Flashlight

Goodbye and God bless
April 13, 2007, 2:01 am
Filed under: The West

Kurt Vonnegut leaves us for Tralfamador. I started on Vonnegut with The Sirens of Titan, I can’t have been older than twelve and I can’t have understood much of it. It was science fiction and that was good enough for me. Little did I know the wisdom that was flying in under my radar.

His books were as uneven as life – he once claimed he never re-read his work – and veined with a bitter sadness. His theme was what you get for looking around your life with open eyes: pain, sorrow, and regret, leavened with occasional moments of gratuitous wonder and fierce joy. From Breakfast of Champions:

To be
the eyes
and ears
and conscience
of the Creator of the Universe,
you fool.

-Kilgore Trout’s unwritten reply to the question “What is the purpose of life?”

Rest in peace, Kurt.



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