Kurt Vonnegut Jr died on Wednesday, obituary here, and you can glimpse some of the impact of the man and his work in the eulogies and memories from writers and fans in the numerous articles that have been published since. The NY Times also reprints its 1969 review of Slaughterhouse-Five. And this article which begins with a quote from Cat’s Cradle More Links and an interview And, in the comments zone, Susan points to an excellent interview from 1977.
“God made mud. God got lonesome. So God said to some of the mud, “Sit up!” “See all I’ve made,” said God, “the hills, the sea, the sky, the stars.” And I was some of the mud that got to sit up and look around. Lucky me, lucky mud. I, mud, sat up and saw what a nice job God had done. Nice going, God. Nobody but you could have done it, God! I certainly couldn’t have. I feel very unimportant compared to You. The only way I can feel the least bit important is to think of all the mud that didn’t even get to sit up and look around. I got so much, and most mud got so little. Thank you for the honor! Now mud lies down again and goes to sleep. What memories for mud to have! What interesting other kinds of sitting-up mud I met! I loved everything I saw! Good night.”