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Friday, November 11, 2022

Kurt Vonnegut was born a hundred years ago today. Today, he's dead. It's still his birthday. So it goes.


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Many people need desperately to receive this message: I feel and think much as you do, care about many of the things you care about, although most people do not care about them. You are not alone.' Kurt Vonnegut Timequake


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"Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something."

#1 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2022-11-11 06:35 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I wish somebody would clean this up and re-release it:

Between Time and Timbuktu

And happy birthday to Wanda June, as well.

#2 | Posted by Angrydad at 2022-11-11 08:49 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Men are jerks. Women are psychotic.

#4 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2022-11-11 09:29 AM | Reply

Or as ghallagher says, women are are bolts.

#5 | Posted by kudzu at 2022-11-11 09:53 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

So it goes....

#6 | Posted by kudzu at 2022-11-11 09:53 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Vonnegut and Joseph Heller were my favorite authors when I was in high school.

I saw Vonnegut speak once at a Dallas college, though I had to watch it on a screen with others who arrived too late to get a seat in the main venue. He was absolutely brilliant.

I need to get back to reading him.

#7 | Posted by rcade at 2022-11-11 10:03 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1


#8 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2022-11-11 10:22 AM | Reply | Funny: 2


That would make a great tattoo.

#9 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2022-11-11 11:00 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Thanks for posting this, Doc. Montana Wildhack says, Hello!

"And don't try to make yourself an extended family out of ghosts on the Internet. Get yourself a Harley and join the Hell's Angels instead."

Kurt Vonnegut, If This Isn't Nice, What Is?: Advice for the Young

"We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be."
Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night

"Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand."
Kurt Vonnegut

"If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph:
kurt vonnegut

"The last thing I ever wanted was to be alive when the three most powerful people on the whole planet would be named Bush, Dick and Colon."
Kurt Vonnegut

"To be is to do - Socrates

To do is to be - Sartre

Do Be Do Be Do - Sinatra"
Kurt Vonnegut

more quotes

Vonnegut was among my first authors of sci-fi and fantasy, and always among the best.

#10 | Posted by Corky at 2022-11-11 11:48 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3


#11 | Posted by Corky at 2022-11-11 12:09 PM | Reply

"If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph:
kurt vonnegut

bingo x2

#12 | Posted by shrimptacodan at 2022-11-11 12:35 PM | Reply

Portrait of Kilgore Trout was my first effort in oils.

He is an inspirational literary 'Everyman'.

Much respect for the esteemed author.

#13 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2022-11-11 12:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"The character of science fiction author Kilgore Trout who debuts in Kurt Vonnegut's opus, "God Bless You Mr. Rosewater" was actually based on friend and fellow author Theodore Sturgeon.

The two became friends when Sturgeon moved to Turo, Massachusetts. At the time Vonnegut had just published "Player Piano" and since both were writing in the same genre and had similar experiences. Though neither author confirms the rumor it has become widely accepted Sturgeon was the inspiration.

Kilgore Trout has published a novel. In 1974, appearing in two issues of The Magazine of Science Fiction, "Venus on the Half Shell" was later published a novel in 1975 by Dell. It was authored by noted science fiction author Philip Jose Farmer as an homage to Vonnegut."

#14 | Posted by Corky at 2022-11-11 12:52 PM | Reply

I've never read any of his stories yet I can quote the man.

That's quite the accomplishment.

#15 | Posted by Tor at 2022-11-11 01:48 PM | Reply

That documentary about Vonnegut that came out last year was pretty fantastic and got me rereading Kurt's work. It still holds up quite well.

We could have saved the Earth but we were too damned cheap.- KV
True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.-KV
Evolution can go to hell as far as I am concerned. What a mistake we are. We have mortally wounded this sweet life-supporting planet - the only one in the whole Milky Way - with a century of transportation whoopee. - KV

#16 | Posted by morris at 2022-11-11 02:01 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Some of the most hilarious
articles I've read on the act of writing
were written by that man.

#17 | Posted by earthmuse at 2022-11-11 10:01 PM | Reply

Kurt Vonnegut was born a hundred years ago today. Today, he's dead. It's still his birthday. So it goes.

As the first post it doesn't have a funny/newsworthy tab. Great post Doc.
My mom got to meet him at the Iowa Writers workshop back in the 70's. She would often talk about it, last time being about two months before she died. May they both rest in peace.
Great stuff for a kid growing up in the 60's and 70's.
So it goes

#18 | Posted by mattm at 2022-11-11 10:51 PM | Reply

"Hello babies. Welcome to Earth. It's hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It's round and wet and crowded. On the outside, babies, you've got a hundred years here. There's only one rule that I know of, babies-"God damn it, you've got to be kind."

#19 | Posted by donnerboy at 2022-11-12 11:26 AM | Reply

From Slaughterhouse-Five, Or the Chldren's Crusade: A Duty Dance with Death:

It was a movie about American bombers in World War II and the gallant men who flew them. Seen backwards by Billy, the story went like this: American planes, full of holes and wounded men and corpses took off backwards from an airfield in England. Over France, a few German fighter planes flew at them backwards, sucked bullets and shell fragments from some of the planes and crewmen. They did the same for wrecked American bombers on the ground, and those planes flew up backwards to join the formation.

The formation flew backwards over a German city that was in flames. The bombers opened their bomb bay doors, exerted a miraculous magnetism which shrunk the fires, gathered them into cylindrical steel containers , and lifted the containers into the bellies of the planes. The containers were stored neatly in racks. The Germans below had miraculous devices of their own, which were long steel tubes. They used them to suck more fragments from the crewmen and planes. But there were still a few wounded Americans though and some of the bombers were in bad repair. Over France though, German fighters came up again, made everything and everybody as good as new.

When the bombers got back to their base, the steel cylinders were taken from the racks and shipped back to the United States of America, where factories were operating night and day, dismantling the cylinders, separating the dangerous contents into minerals. Touchingly, it was mainly women who did this work. The minerals were then shipped to specialists in remote areas. It was their business to put them into the ground, to hide them cleverly, so they would never hurt anybody ever again.

#20 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2022-11-13 06:52 AM | Reply

"The nicest veterans...the kindest and funniest ones, the ones who hated war the most, were the ones who'd really fought."
Kurt Vonnegut

I have an old vietnam vet customer who embodies this to the fullest. Serviced his fireplace yesterday. Kids who think their elders have nothing to teach them should spend an afternoon talking with him.

Interestingly enough he has a lesbian couple across the street who help him out. He is the second old man I've met in my life who has a lesbian couple looking out for him. Both of them were some of the nicest easiest going old men around. I'm not sure if having a lesbian couple help you out in old age makes you less of a grump or if lesbian couples are more likely to help old guys who are less of a grump but I feel like research should be done and possibly a program to pair lesbians with old folks instituted.

#21 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2022-11-13 07:18 AM | Reply

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