As we all know by now, “Kurt Vonnegut passed away this past week”:http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/12/books/12vonnegut.html?_r=1&oref=slogin. Like everyone I read Vonneugt in high school — I remember Sirens of Titan and Cat’s Cradle in particular — but some how I was never as turned on as other people. At any rate, as we’ve noted on the blog more than a couple of times, Vonnegut is someone who anthropologists sometimes claim as their own. Vonnegut famously flunked out of the anthropology program at the University of Chicago, and was only awarded an MA years afterwards when one of his novels was submitted in lieu of a thesis. Is our invocation of Vonnegut as ‘one of us’ a sign of the not-unusual desire of academics to capitalize on connections with famous alumns, or is there something in Vonnegut’s dour reflexivity that we can see as genuinely anthropological? Is his brief connection with our discipline an interesting piece of trivia, or can we find resonances of our worldview in his? Its an interesting question.