Kurt Vonnegut Dies at 84

Of course most everyone has heard that Kurt Vonnegut died yesterday from complications surrounding a brain injury he received from a fall several weeks ago. It’s being well covered just about everywhere, so I won’t rehash all the articles that already exist. I would, however, like to pay tribute to the American author, so I will just write this.

Many consider him to be among the best authors that have ever lived, but even those who don’t feel so strongly are challenged to point to any who wrote in the genre of satire better than Vonnegut. Being a fan of satire, I count myself among those who treasure his work and find it to be among the best I have ever read. I will further honor him by not using semicolons.

Vonnegut writes:

First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are trans-vestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you’ve been to college.

3 thoughts on “Kurt Vonnegut Dies at 84

  1. Semicolons have their uses, as in: long lists of complicated items; awesome ASCII art – or should I say ASCII Masterpieces; commenting code the old fashioned way; and expression your love for punctuation as a whole.

    While Kurt Vonnegut may have been a satirical genius, my love for semicolons – however hermaphroditic – will live on for eons to come. Long live the semicolon.

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