Kurt Vonnegut

14 Feb

One of my favorite authors. Perhaps my favorite author.  I have read most of his books and a few more than once.  His style, his vision, his beliefs, mine are not too far off. Of course they are not completely the same, try and find that in this world, I dare you.

I first read Breakfast of Champions some time in the early 90’s. Bad chemicals didn’t make much sense to me. Then I worked in sub shops/pizzerias around Buffalo and bad chemicals, oy, they are all around us.

I would recommend reading any of them and if I own them feel free to ask to borrow them.  Ones that I enjoyed most off the top of my head are-

– Slaughterhouse Five

–  Cat’s Cradle

– A Man Without a Country

These are the first three that popped into my head. I only read A Man Without a Country last summer and I must say he captures much of the anguish I felt about our nation during the Bush Years almost as if he were writing from my point of view… almost.

Following are some of my favorite Vonnegut quotes, starting with the one I have posted on the wall in my cubicle at work-


  • Let us devote to unselfishness the frenzy we once gave gold and underpants
  • I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can’t see from the center.
  • We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be.
  • Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.
  • Still and all, why bother? Here’s my answer. 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.”

Well here is a very incomplete list of what I enjoy out of Mr. Vonnegut. I hope he is resting in his favorite joke of all.*


* look it up or stay tuned for future favorite Kurt quotes.


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