Thursday, April 9, 2009

R.I.P. Kurt Vonnegut Jr. November 11, 1922 - April 11, 2007

This Saturday is two years since Kurt Vonnegut died, but its only just sunk in. I've read all of his books, first Cat's Cradle and then everything else and after reading them, I wondered how can there be books like these and the world still be like it is? (It occurs to me now that this is probably how religious people feel about their books) Mr. Vonnegut would probably have an excellent answer for that, he had an excellent answer for most questions, I just have to read all his books again and maybe I'll find it.

I've been reading 'Like Shaking Hands With God', a transcript of a conversation about writing between Kurt Vonnegut and another writer, Lee Stringer. It's not a 'how to', more of a 'why to'. Near the end of the book, Vonnegut says, 'Music is proof of the existence of God'. He describes it as 'the most pleasurable and magical thing we can experience'. I worship him so much I'm inclined to agree with everything he says, which makes me ask, if music is proof of the existence of God, what proves the existence of the Devil? Is it the Crazy Frog Ringtone? Is it money? Maybe Auschwitz and Hiroshima, or Vegas? For Kurt Vonnegut it might be Dresden. For me it's something different every day and today it's the property developers who stole my view of the setting sun.


  1. people that turn left or right really slowly at traffic light filter turns so that only a couple more cars can get through are irrefutable evidence that the dark lord walks amongst us. Dante did actually mention this but it got lost in translation.

  2. Yeah but when my righteous sense of justice has me chasing those people back to their homes shouting and spitting abuse and pulling off their wing mirrors invariably it's ME that's done wrong in the eyes of the 'law'. So deep and insidious is their reach into society that you can't even throw rocks at their windows and set fire to their kids toys on their drive way.

  3. I noticed yesterday that driving makes me not just homicidal but genocidal. Or is there a word for wanting to kill all human beings not just a particular racial group?