Buzzed Bands Podcast, Ep. 2 w/ Cold Blood Club

Thursday, April 12, 2007

R.I.P. Kurt Vonnegut

Damn, I was just about to go to bed when I read the news that Kurt Vonnegut has passed away. One of the great American writers of all time is dead. The author of one of my all-time favorite books "Breakfast Of Champions" is no more. I'm really authentically sad by this.

I am not a reader of fiction - I like history and facts. Yet the style in which Kurt wrote was absolutely fascinating. He spoke to his readers and largely ignored stuffy composition structures. His books read as if he was actually sitting there telling you a story. And that's the other thing - the stories were amazingly creative.

I do not fancy myself a writer but when I do write I try to keep it simple and in a speaking manner. But I also try to acknowledge rhythm and timing, so it flows. My point is the reason I do this is because of Kurt Vonnegut and Hunter S. Thompson. The two writers I was most inspired by are now gone. 'Tis a sad day...

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