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I have loved Kurt's writing since I first read Cat's Cradle and the Sirens of Titan in the early 60s, when I was a teenager. Like others, I bought this book because I wanted to know more about Kurt himself. I have admired his writing, recommended it to others, and quoted from it for the past 50 years. And So It Goes - one of my favourite quotations from Kurt's books (along with Poo-tee-weet) does not disappoint me. It is a well-crafted autobiography - Charles Shields got his subject's permission and cooperation, but was thwarted by his untimely death and the intransigence of his family. He has researched his subject well, and produced an ejnoyable and authoritative biography. Of course, the book saddens me: while I was falling in love with Kurt's wrtings, he was despising himself and busily alienating those who tried to love him. So many creative people have a streak of self-loathing running through them, it seems. For those who are interested, reading this book will be as close to Kurt Vonnegut's soul as you're likely to get.