Kurt Vonnegut, Rest in Peace

“so it goes”

Kurt Vonnegut has passed away.

14 novels including Player Piano (1952), Cat's Cradle (1963), Breakfast of Champions (1973), Galápagos (1985), and Timequake (1997)

Slaughterhouse-Five (1969)
the firebombing of Dresden by Allied forces in 1945
  • like Billy Pilgrim, he hid with fellow POWs in an underground meat locker; they were later ordered to dispose of the corpses

"Robert Kennedy, whose summer home is eight miles from the home I live in all year round, was shot two nights ago. He died last night. So it goes.

Martin Luther King was shot a month ago. He died, too. So it goes. And every day my Government gives me a count of corpses created by military science in Vietnam. So it goes.

My father died many years ago now — of natural causes. So it goes. He was a sweet man. He was a gun nut, too. He left me his guns. They rust."

The Sirens of Titan (1959)
chrono-synclastic infundibula
"those places ... where all the different kinds of truths fit together."