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Kurt Vonnegut discussing his artwork

04/15/2015 03:04 pm ET | Updated Jun 15, 2015

A few days ago was the anniversary of Kurt Vonnegut's death and I was inspired to post this interview I did with him--rare insofar as it's devoted to discussion of his artwork. At the time I was researching and interviewing writer-artists for my book, The Writer's Brush: Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture by Writers and Vonnegut proposed I meet him at his one-man show at the R. Michelson Gallery in Northampton, Massachusetts. Shot the morning of October 6, 2000, Vonnegut talks about his life in the visual arts, contrasting what he describes as the most disagreeable process of writing with the joy of making visual art, and about whatever else he feels like. Listening to this warm-hearted and self-effacing icon is no less a joy. The late great documentarian, Roberto Guerra was behind the camera.