April 16, 2007 at 11:03 pm (comedy, Vonnegut, writers)

Hilarious in a way which could rival Kurt Vonnegut’s own irony, here’s an obituary from Fox News. My friends know I laugh at words such as “relevance” in dealing with all things literary, but I doubt Vonnegut will become irrelevant anytime soon. He, at least, has another year or so to go.

I don’t think Vonnegut could have asked for a better obituary so littered with the unintentional homage of sarcastic respect which Vonnegut excelled at. The timeliness is more than a little off though. “So I’ll say if for them.” Yikes. And a ting-a-ling to you too.

My own encounter with Vonnegut was through image-droppings of his book Slaughter-House 5 in the mediocre films Disturbing Behavior and Varsity Blues. Not a fitting introduction to say the least but that’s what got me into this moral author.

In any case, if a person I spoke to had read and enjoyed Vonnegut I always knew that I might share similar tastes in any manner of thing, such as anime or MDMA.

It was also through Vonnegut that I saw the faithful film adaptation of Mother Night, which introduced me to Arvo Pärt’s Cantus In Memoriam Benjamin Britten. This is a piece of music that can bring me to tears at the drop of a hat. Whether this has anything to do with its relation to the story of Howard W. Campbell, Jr., I’m not sure.

I agree with my friend Jon when he says that this passing is sad but no reason to mourn. I’ve found there’s just too much humor and life in his work.


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