Kurt Vonnegut dies at 84. God Bless You, Mr Vonnegut.
addendum: when I was 11 or 12, I made a shirt (using an El Marko permanent marker) that said "I love Kurt Vonnegut, Jr." It runs that deep. The first Kurt Vonnegut book I read was Cat's Cradle and that's remained a favorite book since. My favorite of all is certainly Slaughterhouse 5, although I have always had "Welcome to the Monkey House" close to my heart as well.