After reading the news of Kurt Vonnegut’s death, I decided it was about time I got with it. I’ve never read anything by him over 1,000 words long but at lunch today I went and picked up a paperback copy of Slaughterhouse-Five. Better late than never, I suppose. I’ve had a lot of friends recommend that book over the years and I’m bumping some of the other books I’ve been sitting on for a while to read it first. Vonnegut was 84 years old and is survived by his seven children, his second wife, and legions of adoring fans.
I read nearly this entire book excerpt with my jaw dropped. Who would have thought that one of the most sincere and harsh critiques of our country – its government, its media, and its citizens – would come from an 80’s industrialist leader who has long been a supporter of both big business and big name Republican candidates? I’m not posting this to beat up on Republicans. As a matter of fact, many of my friends and family are conservative, some even members of the party, and I’m glad that more and more, people from both sides of the aisle are questioning the government and its decisions. Looks like I may be reading a book by Lee Iacocca this summer. (via Kottke)