Novelist Kurt Vonnegut has died

He was 84 years old and a wonderful, witty person full of insight and observations. We were privileged and honored to have him for so long. Rest in peace, dear sir.

[addendum, post-sleep cycle:] I liked this from Salon‘s Andrew Leonard:

Playing chess with Kurt Vonnegut
Kurt Vonnegut was a good man, a kind man, a mensch. Our world is a shallower, drearier place without him. But anyone who has enjoyed any of his work, or been lucky enough to bask in his twinkle, can still rejoice, because we will always have him, in all his idiosyncratic twisted-chess perversity. The world is less without him, but it will always be more because of him.

I never met the man, save through his books, yet that is how I feel, too…