Kurt Vonnegut was a favorite author of mine and I was upset to hear of his passing yesterday. It sounds like he was in pretty bad condition for a while so it may have been a relief. I'll never forget my encounter with Kurt a few years ago. I was in the middle of reading his autobiography during a summer weekend in Montauk. I had stopped at a deli for some coffee on my way home and found him sitting next to my girlfriend on the bench outside. What are the odds of meeting an author while you're in the middle of his book? He was a terrific guy and we spoke for a little while and he signed my book. He was a great guy and a terrific author.