Unlike anyone named Peter on this blog, Pat Deneen regards Kurt as one of his heroes. Vonnegut’s writing, I agree, does at times movingly describe the "terrible loneliness" of the modern individual, and Kurt was certainly moved to write by that truthful human experience. But neither his explanation of or remedy for that loneliness ever was particularly clear to me. I’ve always thought he was basically a nihilist who regarded us all as embarrassed at being meaningless accidents; he’s lost in the cosmos and doesn’t have a clue why. (Compare Billy Pilgrim--the Vonnegut character unstuck in time--with the similar character--Will Barrett--in Walker Percy’s THE LAST GENTLEMAN. The Percy character gets a genuinely realistic understanding of what’s wrong with him and stops seeing himself and others as ghosts in machines etc.) And I have to add that the famous Vonnegut quote Pat gives us about telling babies to be kind doesn’t do much for me. Still, I really admire and have learned from all of Pat’s other literary heroes, and so I recommend we all give Kurt another chance. When I was in high school, I remember, I read all of Vonnegut’s books around at that time in several days and did a lot of laughing. So I can’t agree with the other Peter that Vonnegut is unreadable. He’s really, really readable.