Kurt Vonnegut died.
From NYTs about Slaughterhouse Five:
“Robert Kennedy, whose summer home is eight miles from the home I live in all year round,” Mr. Vonnegut wrote at the end of the book, “was shot two nights ago. He died last night. So it goes.
“Martin Luther King was shot a month ago. He died, too. So it goes. And every day my Government gives me a count of corpses created by military science in Vietnam. So it goes.”
One of many Zenlike words and phrases that run through Mr. Vonnegut’s books, “so it goes” became a catchphrase for opponents of the Vietnam war.
About two weeks ago, I wrote a list of names of the soldiers who had died in Iraq during the pet food contamination scandal.They are posted here.
Since that date 41 more U.S. soldiers have died in Iraq, as well as six Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan, making 51 Canadian soldiers who have been killed since 2005.
Sgt. Adam P. Kennedy 25, 1st Lt. Phillip I. Neel 27, Sgt. Todd A. Singleton 24, Chief Petty Officer Gregory J. Billiter 36, Pfc. Jay S. Cajimat 20, Spc. Ryan S. Dallam 24, Petty Officer 2nd Class R. Hall 24, Petty Officer 1st Class Joseph A. McSween 26, Capt. Anthony Palermo 26, Pvt. Lopez Rodriguez, Pfc. Daniel A. Fuentes 19, Petty Officer 2nd Class Joseph C. Schwedler 27, Sgt. Forrest D. Cauthorn 22, Pvt Eleanor Dlugosz 19, 2nd Lt. Joanna Yorke Dyer 24, Cpl. Kris O'Neill 27, Spc Jason A. Shaffer 28, Kingsman Adam James Smith 19, Staff Sgt. Jerry C. Burge 39, Cpl. Joseph H. Cantrell IV 23, Pfc. James J. Coon 22, Pfc. Walter Freeman Jr. 20, Pfc Derek A. Gibson 20, Staff Sgt. Shane R. Becker 35, Pfc Gabriel J. Figueroa 20, Staff Sgt. Bradley D. King 28, Rifleman Aaron Lincoln 18, Lance Cpl. Daniel R. Olsen 20, Spc. Brian E. Ritzberg 24, Spc. Curtis R. Spivey 25, Staff Sgt. Jason R. Arnette 24, Spc. William G. Bowling 24, Pfc. Miguel A. Marcial III 19, Sgt. Robert M. McDowell 30, Staff Sgt. David A. Mejias 26, Staff Sgt. Eric R. Vick 25, Kingsman Danny John Wilson 28, Master Sgt. Sean M. Thomas 33, Staff Sgt. Marcus A. Golczynski 30, Sgt Curtis J. Forshey 22, 1st Lt. Neale M. Shank 25, Spc. Wilfred Flores Jr. 20.
Pte. David Robert Greenslade, Pte. Kevin Vincent Kennedy, Sgt. Donald Lucas, Cpl. Aaron E. Williams, Cpl. Christopher P. Stannix, Cpl. Brent Poland.
So it goes.