Thursday, April 12, 2007

Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut passed away at age 84.

His ex-wife, Jane, wrote a fascinating book about their life called Angels Without Wings, about the circumstances that led the Vonneguts to adopt three of his sister's four children. In 1958, in less than two days, Vonnegut's brother in law died in a horrific train accident and his sister died of cancer. Jane's book changes all their names; even the NYT review of it doesn't mention who the writer husband is.

The TV movie adaptation, A Promise to Keep, changed the names some more, changed the year, and oh yeah, changed the ending. Susan Cooper wrote the teleplay for the TV movie. Yes, that Susan Cooper.

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