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April 11, 2007

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From Cat's Cradle:

Hazel's obsession with Hoosiers around the world was a textbook example of a false karass, of a seeming team that was meaningless in terms of the ways God gets things done, a textbook example of what Bokonon calls a granfalloon. Other examples of granfalloons are the Communist party, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the General Electric Company, the International Order of Odd Fellows—and any nation, anytime, anywhere.

As Bokonon invites us to sing along with him:

If you wish to study a granfalloon,
Just remove the skin of a toy balloon

Posted at April 11, 2007 11:38 PM | TrackBack

More than sad. I hate it when writers die under this regime. I would like a moritorium on this kind of thing, until Bush is out of office. One shouldn't die while the morons are triumphant. It is like, oh, goddamn it, like some good hobbit getting bumped off before that ridiculous big eye is blown up. It is like Humphrey Bogart dying before he gets to the plane at the end of Casablanca. It leaves an unfinished and grim feeling.

God damn it.

Posted by: roger at April 12, 2007 12:02 AM

and here i was just starting to enjoy my day. :(

Posted by: buermann at April 12, 2007 12:07 AM

I always thought his take on Venus was ahead of its time. In one of his books within a book was the theory that Venus was overrun by automobiles. ( I forget which book, maybe Breakfast of Champions?) Decades later, we learn Venus' nasty atmosphere is what projected runaway greenhouse gas effect would be like. Maybe we've been there too and blew it there as well. A brilliant man in a crazy world.

Well, you what I always say.

Posted by: Leg Won at April 12, 2007 01:23 AM

i feel good for him. he did a lot. a lucky person. and based on his last little book, he had time to think it over before going, which i guess has its ups and downs.

Posted by: hibiscus at April 12, 2007 02:11 AM

I suspect I'm not the only person here who learned everything useful I knew before the age of twenty from Vonnegut novels....

Posted by: Aaron Datesman at April 12, 2007 09:11 AM

So it goes.

Fuck. We were lucky to have him for so long.

Posted by: Clint at April 12, 2007 09:15 AM

"The Second World War was over-and there I was at high noon, crossing Times Square with a Purple Heart on."

Ah well. He was a for real good'un.

Posted by: DBK at April 12, 2007 09:56 AM

There's a lot of useful knowledge regarding psychology on this board, so a question occurs to me:

I've long entertained the idea that children of suicides are disposed to pathological behavior. Slobodan Milosevic and Karl Rove are two excellent examples. KV is an excellent counter-example, however.

Is anybody familiar with any science on this topic? I know that two examples hardly make a trend....

Posted by: Aaron Datesman at April 12, 2007 11:36 AM

My fave comment from KV was when he spoke at the national humanist society meeting after Issac Asimov, the group's long-time leader, had died. Vonnegut started his speech with: "Issac's up in heaven now."

Posted by: Colin at April 12, 2007 02:07 PM

I think that quote is actually from "Slapstick", which I started reading again matter, hi ho.

my favorite recent quote of KV is from an article on AlterNet in which he, in passing, mentions that the Jerry Springer show (TV) is "Republican propaganda of the most pernicious type"
he never had to say very much to say one hell of a lot.
RIP Kurt. and hi ho!

Posted by: joe at April 12, 2007 03:02 PM

Damn it. I ran over here after I heard. My thought was--well, we've just lost our ultimate wonderful American weirdo.

So sad. Yes, AD, I too learned much of everything from Mr. V.

Posted by: Saheli at April 12, 2007 06:38 PM