Thursday, 12 April 2007

Rest In Peace, Kurt Vonnegut

I think he truly will. He saw more horror than is conceivable, yet was one of the greatest writers and forces for peace of the century. Even up until his death at age 84, he never stopped working, moving, appearing on the Daily Show. He was never afraid to call bull-shit on the present day popular absurdities of war.

He was a German-American who fought in WWII, was captured in the Battle of the Bulge, was held as a POW during the largest slaughter of civilian life in human history (the firebombing of Dresden), and was one of only seven Americans to survive.

His contribution to the peace movement was profound and powerful, beautiful and disturbing. Likewise his literature.

Many of his books are near and dear to me. He will be missed.

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