Kurt Vonnegut—1922-2007

Photo by Jill Krementz (his wife)
One of my heroes died yesterday. I started reading the lovable hoosier late in high school and on through my twenties. I must have read every book of his before Galapagos: Breakfast of Champions, Cat's Cradle, Slaughterhouse 5, Player Piano, Mother Night, Deadeye Dick. And I really loved Slapstick, which seemed to be universally panned. He was a true original, a brave patriot, a promoter of free speech. He looked like Mark Twain and smoked as much as George Burns. What a force! What a conscience! I will miss his voice.