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Kurt Vonnegut

The Rise of the "Crypto-Relic"

Francis Levy | Posted 05.15.2015 | Arts
Francis Levy

In a piece entitled "Traces of the Holy: The contemporary art work as 'crypto-relic'" (TLS, 4/10/15), Matthew Bown makes the following comment, "The a...

The Word Count Dilemma

Steven Petite | Posted 05.12.2015 | Books
Steven Petite

Comparing yourself to prize winning and commercially successful novelists is not rational and can only lead to negative thoughts. Make goals, maintain them, and most importantly, write every day.

Honoring the Senselessly Dead: The Khmer Rouge and Modern Warhawks

Caleb Brooks | Posted 04.17.2015 | World
Caleb Brooks

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the fall of Phnom Penh to the Khmer Rouge. It is an event that made hardly a blip on the radar of international news back then, and its remembrance four decades on is likely to make even less of one.

5 Books That Changed My Perspective of the World

Allison Underhill | Posted 05.26.2015 | Books
Allison Underhill

In the future, opinions will change, people will change, and the world will change. Books, however, are a constant force. Their themes will continue to be relevant, no matter how different the world may appear in the years to come.

Gut Spillers, Truth Speakers: Lewis Black at Night of Vonnegut

Kimann Schultz | Posted 04.25.2015 | Comedy
Kimann Schultz

Thank you to the brilliant and brave gut spiller and truth speaker, Lewis Black, who from his very proper podium in the cavernous atrium of the Indianapolis Central Library let loose to an assemblage of supporters gathered to honor the legacy of Kurt Vonnegut.

Kurt Vonnegut: The Movie?

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 02.10.2015 | Books

Perhaps the buzziest takeaway from this year's Oscar nominee announcements was the inclusion of "Boyhood," a directorial feat that took over a decade ...

Finding Soul in LA: Five Creative Adventures in the City

Roxie Sarhangi | Posted 01.18.2015 | Los Angeles
Roxie Sarhangi

I love taking classes. I love learning. Since graduating college, I've signed up for courses all over LA, from UCLA Extension's writing seminars (they're great!) to improv workshops at The Groundlings (good too!). And I won't even get into all the acting classes I have experienced.

The Night I Slept With Kurt Vonnegut

Eva Lesko Natiello | Posted 12.30.2014 | Books
Eva Lesko Natiello

Neither one of us had planned on this sudden intimacy. He crouched reluctantly into the cramped quarters and nuzzled in for the night. We never spoke, and I tried not to breathe on him.

In Support of the Arts as Conduit for Extreme Expression and Catharsis

Kimann Schultz | Posted 12.29.2014 | Arts
Kimann Schultz

By providing arts-based avenues and outlets for extreme expression and rejecting the blanket, agenda-driven censorship of demagogues, we will provide alternate means by which to externalize the darkest inner storms of emotion and pain.

Kurt Vonnegut's Advice For High Schoolers Is Advice For Us All

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 10.06.2014 | Books

In 2006, a class of students at New York's Xavier High School were tasked with writing their favorite authors and inviting them to school. Five studen...

Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five: A Strong Opener for Custom Made

Leo Stutzin | Posted 11.22.2014 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Vonnegut's literary time allows a reader to pause, to linger and perhaps to reflect. Narratives on the printed page permit and often encourage such interludes. But Eric Simonson's stage adaptation of the 1969 masterpiece allows no such digression.

WWKD? In Banned Books Week? He'd Celebrate Reading!

Pat LaMarche | Posted 11.17.2014 | Books
Pat LaMarche

Welcome to the Monkey House was first published by Playboy Magazine. Playboy's published countless controversial stories by likewise provocative authors. In spite of this literary contribution, or perhaps because of it, the pinup publication has faced censorship around the world.

Green Groups to New York City: Drop Dead

Marielle Anzelone | Posted 11.10.2014 | Green
Marielle Anzelone

Why does urban biodiversity matter at all? Because according to the UN, for the first time in human history more people are now living in cities than rural areas. The planet is urban. When people experience nature, that nature will be urban too.

War, Aliens and Porn Stars: Bringing Vonnegut's Children's Crusade to the Stage

Elford Alley | Posted 11.03.2014 | Arts
Elford Alley

Adapting a book for the stage can be tough. Especially if the book jumps around in time and involves trips to an alien world inhabited by single-eyed beings bearing more than a passing resemblance to toilet plungers.

My Advice to the Graduates (Sorry, Kurt Vonnegut)

Ian Lendler | Posted 07.19.2014 | Comedy
Ian Lendler

Dance, when no one is looking. Then, if no one was looking, videotape it, upload it onto YouTube, use the ensuing traffic to establish a platform from which you can leverage yourself into a six-figure deal for a reality show based on your dancing at which no one was looking.

The Wonderfully Wacky Artwork Of Kurt Vonnegut

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 04.16.2014 | Arts

"The arts are not a way to make a living," Kurt Vonnegut proudly wrote in his memoir, A Man Without A Country. "They are a very human way of making li...

Biggest Travel Fears

William D. Chalmers | Posted 04.03.2014 | Travel
William D. Chalmers

I don't want to alarm anyone. And I hate to be that Saturday Night Live Debbie Downer character on vacation, but FYI: The world is not a safe place. ...

Kurt Vonnegut Once Sent This Amazing Letter To A High School

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 03.14.2014 | Books

In 2006, a group of high school students asked celebrated author Kurt Vonnegut to visit their school. He sent them the absolute perfect response. A...

Discovering Kurt Vonnegut Through His Letters

Ezra Prior | Posted 03.08.2014 | Books
Ezra Prior

Reading Letters, a collection of Kurt Vonnegut's letters, edited by Dan Wakefield, allowed me to connect with my grandfather by pretending that I was their recipient. Though he's a legend, his image became tattered through reading his words.

Books: My Friendship With Kurt Vonnegut and Joseph Heller

Carole Mallory | Posted 02.07.2014 | Books
Carole Mallory

Kurt Vonnegut taught me a lot. Joe Heller, too. They taught me the value of friendship by sharing their hearts when they offered me the opportunity to...

12 Fascinating Literary Facts

Oliver Tearle | Posted 01.31.2014 | Books
Oliver Tearle

Ernest Hemingway once took home the urinal from his favorite bar, arguing he'd 'pissed away' so much of his money into it that he owned it.

Here's What Kurt Vonnegut Can Teach You About Life

Posted 11.11.2013 | Books

Kurt Vonnegut, the beloved science fiction novelist we have to thank for "Slaughterhouse-Five" and "Cat's Cradle" would have turned 91 today. Aside fr...

When Kurt Vonnegut Met Kilgore Trout!

Greg Mitchell | Posted 08.22.2013 | Books
Greg Mitchell

In early 1974, Kurt Vonnegut Jr. granted me a then-rare interview, at his new townhouse on the East Side of Manhattan, where he'd just moved with phot...

Fun Excerpt From New Book, Kurt Vonnegut and Me

Greg Mitchell | Posted 10.19.2013 | Books
Greg Mitchell

I first encountered Kurt Vonnegut in 1970 when I took part in a "rap session" with him just before the opening of his play, Happy Birthday, Wanda June...

Heavy Hitters To Compete In Charity Softball Game

AP | FRANK ELTMAN | Posted 08.12.2013 | Impact

EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. -- Its roster of participants is impressive: former President Bill Clinton, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, three Baldwins, D...