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Reflecting on his arrest with Kurt Vonnegut while protesting apartheid outside the South African consulate in the early 1980s, David Lindorff, founder of the news blog This Can’t Be Happening, says he and the author might be treated differently if they were arrested today.

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Two books recently out reassess Kurt Vonnegut’s personal and social legacies. Book by book, "Unstuck in Time" chronicles the unintentional development of the man’s political life, while "And So It Goes," a straightforward biography, adjusts his popular, fanciful image as a grandfatherly saint with accounts of alcoholism, cruelty and resentment of his professional peers.

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The iconic writer, who challenged conventional wisdom through 14 novels and numerous essays, died Wednesday from a brain injury. Vonnegut survived a nearly lifelong smoking habit only to succumb to a recent fall in his apartment. He once joked that he would prefer to die in a plane crash on Kilimanjaro and said he would avoid suicide "so as not to set a bad example for my children."

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