Carlin Romano

The playful literary legend

John Updike, now 75, says he "lucked out and became a writer," but his distinguished career says otherwise.

Why does Vonnegut endure so well?

The novelist's style was part political panel, part stand-up routine, railing against horrors without losing his satiric bite.

Like his character Billy Pilgrim in Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut came "unstuck in time" when he died Wednesday at 84. So he went.

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