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"I’ve become unstuck in time"
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, April 12, 2007

A line from Slaughterhouse Five as I recall.

Kurt Vonnegut has died. I enjoyed his writing (not half as much as my son did - he's read every word Vonnegut ever wrote) and it challenged me. I'm not sure if there is a better epitaph for an author. The man made me think in his own way. He was a wordsmith, experimenter and once you got used to him, an absolute joy to read. While there were many of his themes with which I didn't agree, that didn't stop me from just marveling at the way he presented them. I'm reminded of the same feeling I have when I read Camille Paglia. We don't agree on much, but we do agree she can write. Same with Vonnegut.
“Mark Twain,” Mr. Vonnegut wrote in his 1991 book, “Fates Worse Than Death: An Autobiographical Collage,” “finally stopped laughing at his own agony and that of those around him. He denounced life on this planet as a crock. He died.”
My guess is "crock" may also have been Vonnegut's last word.

RIP Kurt.
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I first encountered "unstuck in Time" in a Babylon 5 episode.... but then I don’t read Vonnegut.
Written By: SDN
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He died a sad man. A good example of when your brain gets "unstuck in time" and floats around 1972 for the remainder of your life. An example of what not to do. - RIP
Written By: TBall
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SH5 remains one of the best books I have ever read, and Hocus Pocus was the only report I ever did well on (12th grade term paper-ish book report, I got 103%, booyah!).

My favorite line in that NYT bit:
With his curly hair askew, deep pouches under his eyes and rumpled clothes, he often looked like an out-of-work philosophy professor, typically chain smoking, his conversation punctuated with coughs and wheezes.
I recall seeing him for the first time on some PBS special, and it took me a second for me to put together "Kurt Vonnegut - Author" and the image I saw on the screen...

Rest in peace, Kurt...
Written By: Scott
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I thoroughly enjoyed Harrison Bergeron. Sort of what happens when certain elite elements of society insist on equality of outcome.
Written By: cap joe
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All eulogies/elegies must include the words "So it goes."
Written By: Bryan Pick
Is Vonnegut dead, or ahs he merely been kidnapped by the Forces of Evil....

The I loved the novel about the accused Nazi War Crimnal who was actually an OSS agent.

A friend of mine made the point that Vonnegut discussed the Futility of things, but then decided the better word was "Absurdity" of things...and I think that’s where Vonnegut went off track, from seeing the Absurd, though it might not be Futile, to seeing things as Futile. WWII might ahve absudity in it, but it wasn’t futile to thinking that it was, as soomeone said, always 1972 and life had become Futile.

Welcome to the Monkey House is a powerful LIBERAL tale, not a powerful Hippie tale, and Vonnegut might have tried to see the difference.
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A damn fine tribute McQ.....
Punctual ... as in, to exist in a point of time
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