Thursday, April 12, 2007


I got an email from Chris telling me that Kurt Vonnegut has passed on.

A quick search reveals that I've made four references to Vonnegut here on my blog over the last couple of years: one, two, three, four.

Also the first conversation Chris and I had that I can clearly recall was about Cat's Cradle and Bokonism when we should have been listening to a chemistry lecture in 1979.

The last paragraph of the book seems appropriate today:

If I were a younger man, I would write a history of human stupidity; and I would climb to the top of Mount McCabe and lie down on my back with my history for a pillow; and I would take from the ground some of the blue-white poison that makes statues of men; and I would make a statue of myself, lying on my back, grinning horribly, and thumbing my nose at You Know Who.

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