|"Sweet Dreams Mr. Vonnegut" inks on paper / 2007|
I was first introduced to Slaughterhouse Five through my Senior English teacher Mrs. Greenfield in High School. Taking an interest (as opposed to the disdain of others) in my radical and warped nature, she turned me on to many great authors including Huxley, Camus, Burgess and others. I found this first novel from the author to be my gateway into his world and to other great works including my favorite, Cat's Cradle. Upon hearing of Kurt's passing in 2007, I was compelled to illustrate his image which I've shared with you today on what would have been his 89th birthday. After finishing the portrait, I was compelled to pull out an old typewriter and add to the work, "Sweet Dreams Mr. Vonnegut."
"Someday, someday, this crazy world will have to end,
And our God will take things back that He to us did lend.
And if, on that sad day, you want to scold our God,
Why go right ahead and scold Him. He'll just smile and nod."