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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Kurt Vonnegut, RIP

Posted By on Thu, Apr 12, 2007 at 8:43 AM

I heard on VPR this morning that Kurt Vonnegut died yesterday.

When I first read Vonnegut's novels in my college English classes, I wondered how I had gotten that far along in my life as a reader without having read them. There was just something so fresh, and funny and brave about his writing. One of my irreverent professors assigned his books in a couple of my classes. She called him "a vulgar sentimentalist," but she liked him, too.

I go back to  Slaughterhouse-Five often, and God Bless You Mr. Rosewater. Whenever I think about writing a novel, I wonder how I could make it more Kilgore Trout-ish . Because he's the opposite of literary pretension. And I once started working on a project I called "The Secret Dreams of Montana Wildhack." But I never got very far.

I haven't picked up a Vonnegut book in awhile, but I was reminded of him last week, when a DJ on 104.7 The Point made a crack about becoming unstuck in time, and mentioned Billy Pilgrim. I almost called up the station to say thanks for the unexpected literary allusion, but I was in the car and didn't have the station number on me.

I forgot about it by the time I got home. So it goes.

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Cathy Resmer

Cathy Resmer

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Cathy Resmer is a former staff writer and currently an associate publisher at Seven Days, and is one of the organizers of the Vermont Tech Jam. She's also the Copublisher and Executive Editor of Kids VT, Seven Days' free monthly parenting publication.

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