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Kurt Vonnegut

When The Picture Is Better Than The Story

Charlie Carillo | Posted 11.20.2016 | New York
Charlie Carillo

Look at me in this remarkable photo! Or is it really that remarkable? I'm the guy on the left, as you probably guessed. You certainly recognize the...

8 Books That Will Make You Laugh When Politics Make You Want to Cry

Off The Shelf | Posted 11.03.2016 | Home
Off The Shelf

By Kerry Fiallo | Off the Shelf US and global politics are no laughing matter. That is, unless you've tuned in to the 2016 presidential election and ...

Kurt Vonnegut Once Said Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan Was 'Worst Poet Alive'

The Huffington Post | Jenna Amatulli | Posted 10.21.2016 | Arts

By now, you probably know that Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature. And the reaction has been ... interesting. Many have reached out and exp...

He Turned The Horrors Of War Into Art And Laughter | Posted 06.29.2016 | Home

His books were a siren song for the youth of the '60s and '70s, written with a voice at once cynical, melancholy and darkly humorous. On the ninth anniversary of his death this week, fresh interest is building in the bitingly comic author - followers have launched a drive to fund a new library and a top screenwriter is working to bring "Cat's Cradle" to television.

When Frostbite Becomes an Option: Temple of Bad Discusses 'Icetastrophe'

Dan Persons | Posted 06.13.2016 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Ever wonder what your cats do when you're not around? Sorry to disappoint you, but likely they climb up on the couch and go to sleep. Ever wonder what...

Quest: A Permanent Home for Kurt Vonnegut's Legacy

Kimann Schultz | Posted 06.09.2016 | Arts
Kimann Schultz

Over the years, I have posted on events and aspects of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum & Library, located in Indianapolis, the city of Vonnegut's birth that ...

It's National Poetry Month. Please Give Me Back My Poem.

Iain S. Thomas | Posted 04.20.2017 | Arts
Iain S. Thomas

I, despite the soft nature of my personality you may assume based off the poem, do care. I make poetry and prose and that's it. It's the end product of what I do. I give it away for free in the hope that someone, somewhere will buy one of my books and I can use that money to support me and my family.

Friendship is a Game for Two: Kurt Vonnegut's Love for Joe Petro

Pat LaMarche | Posted 04.04.2017 | Entertainment
Pat LaMarche

I don't know either of these men well. In fact, I was only in the same room with Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. once in my life: When he spoke to a standing room ...

Fond Memories About Mike Nichols From HBOs Documentary Becoming Mike Nichols.

Carole Mallory | Posted 02.25.2017 | Entertainment
Carole Mallory

When I reflected upon my friendship with Mike Nichols as I watched the HBO special Becoming Mike Nichols, I was most moved by his comments about directing the final scene of The Graduate.

My Goal for 2016: Celebrate Enoughness

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 01.06.2017 | Healthy Living
Dean Dauphinais

We're into the first week of 2016, and my youngest son just turned 20. How can that even be possible? Damn. The older I get the faster time seems to g...

One Millennial's Take on the New Generational Divide

Zara Khan | Posted 12.11.2016 | College
Zara Khan

Through a nationwide survey, anyone born after December 2000 was invited to suggest and choose from names including the Navigators, the Builders, and the Bridge Generation. The whole affair left me feeling... pretty strange.

How to find real gratitude

Cate Montana | Posted 11.24.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Cate Montana

What to do? I asked myself this as I trudged along the rocky shore of Puget Sound a couple days ago, taking my daily break from work. Well, almo...

Watch A Rare, Hilarious Kurt Vonnegut Lecture

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 11.16.2015 | Arts

In a newly discovered lecture given by Kurt Vonnegut in 1970, the author kicks off his talk with a joke that’d make more sense in a stand up routine...

Here's What Kurt Vonnegut Can Teach You About Life

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 11.12.2015 | Arts

A version of this post originally appeared on the site in 2013. We have reposted it here in honor of Kurt Vonnegut's birthday. Kurt Vonnegut, the bel...

Light Me Up: Chats With Bronze Radio Return's Chris Henderson, Steve Forbert, and Martin Turner, Plus a Slaughterhouse-Five/James Franco Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.03.2016 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five gets the James Franco treatment on Audible Studio's audiobook version of the classic. Vonnegut's breakthrough masterpiece brought him international praise and cult status, and Franco's read personalizes the adventures of Billy Pilgrim with a mix of innocence and eventual world-weariness.

Banned Book Week at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library

Kimann Schultz | Posted 10.01.2016 | Home
Kimann Schultz

Here it is already again, Banned Book Week at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library. Used to be it was merely colored leaves and jack-o-lantern decorations that heralded the arrival of the Autumn season.

An Extraordinary Library: The Lilly Library, Indiana University

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 09.30.2016 | Travel
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

After living in the Midwest for about 30 years I really didn't know too much about Indiana -- it seemed like a nice state but my sense was that the state was pretty limited, culturally.

The Secret of All Art

James Altucher | Posted 08.03.2016 | Arts
James Altucher

Kurt Vonnegut has written almost 20 bestselling books. His book Cat's Cradle is required reading in almost every high school. I love him. But... he was a total failure.

Thanks to Kurt -- Letters to Vonnegut

Kimann Schultz | Posted 07.17.2016 | Home
Kimann Schultz

The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, located in the city of Vonnegut's birth, Indianapolis, Indiana, exists as grassroots monument to Vonnegut and mecca to fans who come from all over the world to pay homage to not only his works but also the doors and windows he blew open wide.

Book-It Theatre's 'Slaughterhouse-Five' Is An Amazingly Original, Fast-Paced, Production Worthy of Broadway and Beyond

L. Steven Sieden | Posted 06.16.2016 | Entertainment
L. Steven Sieden

Book-It Theatre's latest production, an adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five adapted and written by Josh Aaseng is a masterpiece to behold.

The Rise of the "Crypto-Relic"

Francis Levy | Posted 05.15.2016 | 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 05.10.2016 | Home
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 06.17.2015 | 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 | Home
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.