Peace Be With You, Kurt Vonnegut

April 13, 2007
Harvey Wasserman
The Free Press

As the media fills with whimsical good-byes to one of America’s greatest writers, let’s not forget one of the great engines driving this wonderful man—-he HATED war. Including this one in Iraq. And he had utter contempt for the men who brought it about.

Kurt Vonnegut was a divine spark of liberating genius for an entire generation. His brilliant, beautiful, loving and utterly unfettered novels helped us redefine ourselves in leaving the corporate America in the 1950s and the Vietnam war that followed.

Having seen the worst of World War II from a meatlocker in fire-bombed Dresden, Kurt’s Sirens of Titan, Cat’s Cradle, Slaughterhouse Five and God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, cut us the intellectual and spiritual slack to seek out a new reality. It took a breathtaking psychic freedom to merge the interstellar worlds he created from whole cloth with the social imperatives of a changing age. It was that combination of talent, heart and liberation that gave Vonnegut a cutting edge he never lost.

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