Kurt Vonnegut, 84
Author Kurt Vonnegut has died at the age of 84. Like most high school and college students in the '70s, I worshipped Vonnegut, whose Slaughterhouse-Five added fire to the anti-Vietnam War movement. I also rather liked his funky sentence structure and punctuation, something I thought I saw reflected somewhat in the writing of John Rechy, author of my favorite novel ever, City Of Night. I've got a copy Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle somewhere around here. Time to dig it out again.