Thursday, April 12, 2007

When the Giants Sleep

So it goes, Gentle Reader.

We have lost an icon. We have lost Kurt Vonnegut.

6 comments:

Matthew E said...

I can't believe how many comics blogs have posted something about Kurt Vonnegut dying.

I tried reading quite a few Vonnegut books and there was only one I liked even a little bit (Galapagos). My reaction to the rest was along the lines of, "Man, this guy hates human beings." I don't see the appeal of his writing at all, and, while of course every man's death diminishes me and all that stuff, I won't particularly miss him.

Fanboy said...

I thought his appearance in the movie Back To School with Rodney Dangerfield was hysterical. But then again I was in 9th or 10th grade and I have no taste.

Chris said...

I heard about this in the morning right after I woke up. How sad. He'll be missed.

Amy Reads said...

Hi Matthew,
I can't believe how many comics blogs have posted something about Kurt Vonnegut dying.
I tried reading quite a few Vonnegut books and there was only one I liked even a little bit (Galapagos). My reaction to the rest was along the lines of, "Man, this guy hates human beings." I don't see the appeal of his writing at all, and, while of course every man's death diminishes me and all that stuff, I won't particularly miss him.


Vonnegut wasn't a happy individual, it's true. I did my hs junior year term paper on Slaughterhouse Five, and really fell in love with his work, but I haven't read his entire oeuvre. Mr. Reads, however, is a huge fan, and was really, really upset when he died.

I think it's also that I'm hitting the age when many of my heroes are starting to retire (Stephen King) or pass on.

But you don't have to like his writing. No one will ever force you!
Try reading his short story "Harrison Bergeron." You may like that better.
Ciao,
Amy

Amy Reads said...

Hi Mr. Fanboy,
I thought his appearance in the movie Back To School with Rodney Dangerfield was hysterical. But then again I was in 9th or 10th grade and I have no taste.

I actually love that, too. I think it very appropriate that the writer would get a C on his own book report :)
Ciao,
Amy

Amy Reads said...

Hi Chris,
I heard about this in the morning right after I woke up. How sad. He'll be missed.

It's really true. It kind of hit me hard all week.
Ciao,
Amy