I meant to write something about Kurt Vonnegut’s death last week and then got distracted and forgot about it until I saw Josh’s tribute. Anyway, Kurt Vonnegut was the dog’s bollocks. I discovered Breakfast of Champions in my high school library when I was 15 and as I read it I couldn’t believe that they actually had such a book in an American public school library – didn’t the librarians and school administrators know that it was funny and crazy and had swear words in it? Between then and age 19 I read almost everything he wrote. His combination of humor and irreverence and humanity is something this world needs more of. I’m sad that he’s dead, but he was 84 and he lived a good life.

Photo from the New York Times obituary