A most pleasant essay on Vonnegut. Because I am 74 my first experience with the man was because as an older teenager read science fiction. That’s why I read The Sirens of Titan and Slaughterhouse-Five. In the same way I first read William F. Buckley’s Messiah. In the latter part of the 60s my Canadian wife and I were living in Mexico City. We attended a lecture by Vonnegut at the American Mexican Institute of Relations ( an arm of the CIA!). Vonnegut said something that I have never been able to confirm, “I invented the term ‘open beaver’.” The expression describes a woman without underwear exposing her pudenda with open legs. I often remember Vonnegut because as a photographer I own two cameras that were made in Dresden (the scene of Slaughterhouse-Five) a Pentacon-F and a Noblex Panoramic. And seared in my memory is that scene of lions escaping from the Dresden zoo in the fire storm of bombs.

Alex Waterhouse-Hayward

Vancouver, BC

Into Bunny Watson. I am a Vancouver-based magazine photographer/writer. I have a popular daily blog which can be found at:http://t.co/yf6BbOIQ alexwh@telus.net

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