The great satirical novelist Kurt Vonnegut passed away yesterday.  (

He was 84.

A self-described religious skeptic and freethinking humanist, Mr. Vonnegut used protagonists such as Billy Pilgrim and Eliot Rosewater as transparent vehicles for his points of view.

He also filled his novels with satirical commentary and even drawings that were only loosely connected to the plot. In Slaughterhouse-Five,  released in 1969, he drew a headstone with the epitaph: "Everything was beautiful, and nothing hurt."

Rest in peace, my dear Mr.Vonnegut. 

Thank you for making life bearable.