We lost Kurt Vonnegut. He was our modern day Mark Twain. He passed away yesterday at 84 of complications from a head injury he received a few weeks ago.
From CNN: Vonnegut once said that of all the ways to die, he’d prefer to go
out in an airplane crash on the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro. He often
joked about the difficulties of old age.
“When Hemingway killed
himself he put a period at the end of his life; old age is more like a
semicolon,” Vonnegut told The Associated Press in 2005.
father, like Hemingway, was a gun nut and was very unhappy late in
life. But he was proud of not committing suicide. And I’ll do the same,
so as not to set a bad example for my children.”