Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Literary Death: Kurt Vonnegut

There are certain writers that are imprinted at certain times in my life. In my teenage years, Kurt Vonnegut's novels "Slapstick" and "Bluebeard" left an impression. I loved how he left a page break after several paragraphs. He did it for no particular reason. I read an article written by John Irving who asked him why he did that. Vonnegut simply acknowledged that a reader needs to rest every once and awhile, maybe go to the bathroom.

I heard the news while working at Skylight. We turned off the music and asked patrons to observe a moment of silence. Thank you, Mr. Vonnegut, for all of the words.

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