Wednesday, April 11, 2007
SO IT GOES
Writers have mentors. As children we read something and a spark is ignited. Ask any writer about his or her influence and a look of whimsy and satisfaction will steal across his face. He'll name the person or person whose work touched him in such a way that he had to take up the pen himself. Me? There are three authors whose work have always inspired me to keep writing: Ray Bradbury, H.P. Lovecraft, and Kurt Vonnegut.
The author of such works as "Cat's Cradle", "The Sirens of Titan", "Slaughterhouse Five", and numerous short stories of speculative fiction that have had a distinctive American voice has died at age 84. I feel a tremendous sense of loss. It's as though a favorite uncle has passed.
But Uncle Vonnegut wouldn't want us to grieve. He would just smile and suggest that he is still alive at another point in time, but that at this point in time, his body is in an unfortunate state of existence. So, instead of saying goodbye to this man, let's instead say what the Trafalmadorians say when one of their kind passes: "So it Goes."
Posted by Stewart Sternberg at 8:12 PM