Instead of complaining, I decided that I should lead by example. That I should show my gratitude now and thank the word nerds (most of whom I've never met) who have influenced me and my love of books, words, and writing.
And that I should do it regularly. I'm shooting for monthly.
And that I should immediately oppugn the spirit of the exercise by thanking a man who died in 2007.
But if I'm going to thank authors for their work and their influence, Kurt Vonnegut has to be at the top of the list.
Not because we're both from Indiana.
And not because we both played clarinet in school.
No. Kurt Vonnegut tops the list because, simply put, his novels are what made me want to become a writer.
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Or maybe I was just the right impressionable age to assimilate both the blackness and the humor of his black humor.
Whatever it was, it lit a fire in me back in the 1980s that, though it has sputtered from time to time, has never gone out.
So thank you, Kurt Vonnegut, for leading me down this path of joy, frustration, creativity, depression, and discovery.
Whether you love Logophilius, hate it, or find it exceedingly meh, it exists in no small part because of the works of Kurt Vonnegut.
I encourage you to thank those people in your lives who have helped you become who you are, whether you've ever actually met them or not, while they're still alive to be thanked. The fan letter isn't dead; it's just a bit more public.
Kurt Vonnegut books I have read (almost all of them)
- Armaggedon in Retrospect
- Bagombo Snuff Box
- Breakfast of Champions (twice)
- Cat's Cradle (twice)
- Deadeye Dick
- Fates Worse Than Death
- God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian
- God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
- Happy Birthday, Wanda June (a play)
- Hocus Pocus
- A Man Without a Country
- Mother Night
- Palm Sunday
- Player Piano
- Slaughterhouse-Five (thrice)
- Sucker's Portfolio
- Wampeters, Foma, and Granfalloons
- Welcome to the Monkey House