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  1. #51
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    i was lucky to have read most of his books twice: once as a teenager in my native bulgarian (the translations were superb!) and now in the original language they were written. it's like having twice as many books.

    he came to santa fe for a reading back in 2002. i regret missing it

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    RIP KV, another original voice gone.

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    RIP

    "I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you different."

    -Vonnegut
    to all my friends, it's not the end
    the earth has not swallowed me yet

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    r.i.p.kvg thanks for this quote
    "If flying-saucer creatures or angels or whatever were to come here in a
    hundred years, say, and find us gone like the dinosaurs, what might be a
    good message for humanity to leave for them, maybe carved in great big
    letters on a Grand Canyon wall? Here is this old poop's suggestion: WE
    PROBABLY COULD HAVE SAVED OURSELVES, BUT WERE TOO DAMNED LAZY TO TRY VERY
    HARD...
    -- Kurt Vonnegut
    " have another hit of sweet california sunshine"

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    i just can't leave this thread alone, here's some vonnegut gold for you kiddies:

    "I will say that I still can’t get over how women are shaped, and that I will go to my grave wanting to pet their butts and boobs."

  6. #56
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    amazing how many mags have been influenced by KV!

    I too have always had a profound respect for the man. He was and continues to be a great influence in my life. I got my hands on galapagos when i was in high school and that book just amazed me. i began reading most of his works and to this day i re-read them when i get the urge. he imparted so much wisdom in his unique way through his published words. RIP!

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    heard the news on that public radio news show, in the shuttle van going up to work at the resort today. Quite a shock. Like many people, I studied Slaughterhouse 5 at school and took an interest in Vonnegut's writings and utterances ever since. He lived a very full and valuable life.

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    So it goes.
    Montani Semper Liberi

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    As I mourn his passing, I also give thanks for the high school English teacher that "made" me read his work. Life-influencing stuff he wrote.
    Try to keep two ideas in your head at the same time without blowing your brains out your ass.

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    The best quote I remember from one of his books.

    "Life is meaningless without purpose. That's why you must invent one."
    "Don't drive angry."

    Best quote from the movie "Groundhog Day"

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    it is sad that the world is now left with one less hero to look up to, thank you kurt for helping me keep my love for literature alive all this time.
    so it goes
    whoever said laughter is the best medicine never had Gonorrhea.

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    RIP

    I loved his stuff when I first read it in high school and college. Brilliant person.
    Every man dies. Not every man lives.
    You don’t stop playing because you grow old; you grow old because you stop playing.

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    and so it goes.

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    From a recent article (quoted in Wikipedia):
    He has stalled finishing his highly anticipated novel If God Were Alive Today - or so he claims. "I've given up on it ... It won't happen. ... The Army kept me on because I could type, so I was typing other people's discharges and stuff. And my feeling was, 'Please, I've done everything I was supposed to do. Can I go home now?' That's what I feel right now. I've written books. Lots of them. Please, I've done everything I'm supposed to do. Can I go home now?"
    So long, Kurt, and thanks for making life a little bit more tolerable.
    Change is good. You go first.

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    Vonnegut had succeeded Isaac Asimov as Honorary President of the American Humanist Association, and, in a memorial service for the deceased atheist quipped, "Isaac is up in heaven now". He recalled "It was several minutes before order could be restored. And if I should ever die, God forbid, I hope you will say, 'Kurt is up in heaven now'. That's my favorite joke."

    Official Site
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    In These Times archives
    http://www.inthesetimes.com/archives/vonnegut/

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    Custodians of chaos

    In this extract from his forthcoming memoirs, Kurt Vonnegut is horrified by the hypocrisy in contemporary US politics

    By Kurt Vonnegut
    06/17/06
    http://www.informationclearinghouse....ticle13659.htm

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    A great man and author. We will never forget. RIP

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    “I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over.
    Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center.”
    “Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously.”
    Hunter S. Thompson

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    Jeebus CS. Now I need to figure out if Vonnegut just died or whether you’re bumping shit. This is exhausting.


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    He’s been dead for 13 years. Sorry to shock you

    This is an asshole

    *

    Also thinking of his quote that the purpose of life is to be the eyes and the ears of the creator of the universe
    “Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously.”
    Hunter S. Thompson

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    And so it goes...

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