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Discussion in 'Books' started by tcmahoney, Apr 12, 2007.
One of the great American writers.
Just found out. Bad news.
RIP Kurt. I wrote my thesis comparing Breakfast of Champions to The Great Gatsby as a critique of America.
Goodbye Blue Monday.
I am not much of reader myself. I like Popular fiction liked Grisham, etc. Kurt Vonnegut is the only serious writer than I listed as my favorite.
I just heard this on the clock radio this morning.
R.I.P. to one of my favorite writers.
The mans writing meant so much to me I have his self portrait tattooed on my arm.
So it goes.
I guess now's a good time to reread his books.
I might take another look at Bluebeard, which is about an abstract-expressionist painter who falls on hard times in the art world when the house paint he uses on all of his works falls off every one of his canvases. Or maybe the first Vonnegut novel I ever read, Breakfast of Champions
One of my favorite authors...
I only ever read* "Harrison Bergeron" and Mother Night, but I definitely feel he is a major influence in my life as a reader.
*I'm assuming that Venus on the Half Shell doesn't count. Even though the author is listed as Kilgore Trout, out here in the real world Philip Jose Farmer wrote it.
Sad news. He was a genius.
I'm going to reread Breakfast of Champions - which is remarkable since I have retired from reading.
RIP. Amazingly, I don't believe I've ever read a Vonnegut book, though I loved his appearance on The Daily Show a while back. Now's probably a good time to start. Should I start with Breakfast of Champions or Slaughterhouse-Five?
Slaughterhouse V or Cat's Cradle. Understanding his blend of memoir and fiction helps one appreciate Breakfast of Champions more. Q
...and you know he would love all of the "so it goes" jokes going around.
The Paris Review has the full text of a 1977 interview up:
Breakfast of Champions was one of my favourite books. I wrote an essay comparing Slaughter House 5 and Scarface (loss of innocence/protecting innocence) for Grade 11 English.
I thought you could only get Kilgore Trout novels at porn stores
It actually said on the cover of my copy: