12 April, 2007

Kurt Vonnegut, 1922-2007

Kurt Vonnegut, celebrated author and Humanist, died yesterday at age 84. Apparently, he had suffered brain injuries after a fall at his home a few weeks ago, but whether or how these contributed to his death is not mentioned in any of the obituaries I found online.

He was one of the most interesting authors of the twentieth century, whose novels often contained humanist and existentialist themes. He was also known as something of a curmudgeon, after the tradition of Mark Twain, due to his irascible nature and often biting commentary on individuals or institutions with whom he disagreed.

Vonnegut was a Laureate of the Academy of Humanism and the honorary president of the American Humanist Association

He will be missed.

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