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Day 11/11/2012

Kurt Vonnegut Link Fest to Celebrate His Birthday…*


There are no telegrams on Tralfamadore. But you’re right: each clump of symbols is a brief, urgent message–describing a situation, a scene, We Trafalmadorians read them all at once, not one after the other. There isn’t any particular relationship between all the messages, except that the author has chosen them carefully, so that, when seen all at once, they produce an image of life that is beautiful and surprising and deep. There is no beginning, no middle, no end, no suspense, no moral, no causes, no effects. What we love in our books are the depths of so many marvelous moments seen all at one time. –Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

Today would have been Kurt Vonnegut’s 90th birthday ~ join us in celebrating his life & work…*


2 Free eBooks (Spotted on Open Culture): 

  1. 2 B R O 2 B  ~ iPad/iPhone – Kindle + Other Formats
  2. The Big Trip Up Yonder  ~ iPad/iPhone – Kindle + Other Formats


Kurt Vonnegut’s Daily Routine ~ Maria Popova gives us a taste of a new book filled with Vonnegut’s correspondence, Kurt Vonnegut: Letters, edited by Dan Wakefield. via Brainpickings, published November 5, 2012.


I Am Very Real ~ In October of 1973, Bruce Severy — a 26-year-old English teacher at Drake High School, North Dakota — decided to use Kurt Vonnegut’s novel, Slaughterhouse-Five, as a teaching aid in his classroom. The next month, on November 7th, the head of the school board, Charles McCarthy, demanded that all 32 copies be burned in the school’s furnace as a result of its “obscene language.” Other books soon met with the same fate. On the 16th of November, Kurt Vonnegut sent McCarthy the following letter. He didn’t receive a reply. via Letters of Note, published March 30, 2012.


If I’m Not a Writer Then I’m Nothing ~ In October of 1949, while working in public relations at General Electric, 27-year-old aspiring writer Kurt Vonnegut sold his first story to Collier’s; just over a year later, he quit said job and began life as a freelance writer. The following two letters, both from Vonnegut, offer an intriguing glimpse into his mind during that period — the earliest sent to his father immediately after that first story was bought; the next to his friend, Miller Harris, not long after escaping General Electric in 1951, at which point he was avoiding writing for publications such as The Atlantic and The New Yorker and instead collecting “fat checks” from the “slicks” (glossy, well-paying magazines, e.g. Collier’s,Saturday Evening Post, Cosmopolitan). via Letters of Note, published June 14, 2012.


Hand written letter from Kurt Vonnegut to pen pal David Breithaupt ~ via Flavorwire, published October 18, 2012.


Kurt Vonnegut’s Eight Tips on How to Write a Good Short Story ~ via Open Culture, published June 20th, 2012.

(Uploaded by  on YouTube, published July 3, 2010)

Kurt Vonnegut: “How To Get A Job Like Mine” (2002) ~ via OpenCulture, published June 8, 2012.

(Uploaded by  on YouTube, published June 6, 2011)

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