, is sometimes criticized, but acclaimed more often than not. A "Life" magazine critic once said, "Vonnegut is a black humorist, fantasist, and satirist, a man disposed to deep and comic reflection on the human dilemma." (Bruce) These words are one of the most effective ways to describe Kurt Vonnegut, for he is a complex human being and so are his novels. Most of his novels focus on the dehumanization of the twentieth century American people. He emphasizes "common decency", which is often lost in our modern-day society. Vonnegut's writings can be thought of as absurd in some aspects. However, if one chooses, one can see the enlightening theories and thoughts behind his stories. .
Many of Vonnegut's novels have impacted our lives today, even though one might not realize it. Numerous musicians and bands that we listen to now, make references to Vonnegut's writings. The Dave Matthew's Band borrows a line (" eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die-) from Cat's Cradle, one of Vonnegut's most successful and well known novels. In addition to music; television and movies also make reference to Vonnegut and his writing. Movies such as Can't Hardly Wait, Varsity Blues, Footloose, and Disturbing Behavior, have used the Vonnegut name. (Changed Our Lives). .
Not only have there been references to Vonnegut, but he has also had his own movies and television specials that have been adapted from his novels and short stories. Welcome to the Monkey House, a collection of short stories, was made into a seven episode series aired on Showtime in 1991 and 1992. Slaughter House Five, Vonnegut's most well known and read novel, was adapted into a film starring Michael Sacks. It was released in 1972 by Universal Pictures. There are over a dozen more adaptations, some were successful and others failed. (Changed our Lives).
Since he was thirty years old, Kurt Vonnegut has written some eighteen novels, more than two dozen short stories and many plays and essays.