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.