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Kurt Vonnegut

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

Pat LaMarche | Posted 09.17.2014 | 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 09.10.2014 | 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 09.07.2014 | 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...

Getting Silly

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's right around the corner, folks. That special time of year when politicians flee the Washington summer weather for their home districts for 5 weeks of paid time off, in which many politicians hold "town hall" meetings.

Religion's Sins

Scott Perlo | Posted 09.15.2013 | Religion
Scott Perlo

Between the overabundance of bad religion and a scarcity of the good, we, in the Western, Liberal, educationally and financially privileged world, are starving.

'Slaughterhouse Five' Gets A-List Writer

Posted 07.09.2013 | Entertainment

Billy Pilgrim is inching closer toward his big-screen revival, and now the long-gestating "Slaughterhouse-Five" adaptation may have found its writer i...

Cinefantastique's Here's What's Going On: Doctor Who Starring... Michael Jackson!?!

Dan Persons | Posted 09.08.2013 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Jacko was courted for feature adaptation... Guillermo del Toro announces writer for Slaughterhouse Five... Batman gets recruited for Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox...

Fluid Fairy Tales at Shulamit Gallery

Sarah Lehat | Posted 07.01.2013 | Arts
Sarah Lehat

For me, two years have contained the discovery of an artist who explores fairy tales, rites of passage, mythologies, folklore and systems of transmission or enumeration. The artist is Doni Silver Simons and most recently she has opened a solo exhibition at Shulamit Gallery.

Movie Review: Beautiful Creatures

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.13.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Based on the first in a series of books by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, Beautiful Creatures (opening Thursday) hopes the "Twihards" can shift their focus from the undead to the magically endowed.

The Definition of Wealthy: Living Small

James Berman | Posted 02.27.2013 | Business
James Berman

A key to acquiring wealth is preventing living standards from rising along with income. Those who let their needs swell commensurately with their wallet never feel rich.

Literary Luminaries: Ayana Mathis And 13 Other Authors Of The Iowa Writers' Workshop

Posted 12.12.2012 | OWN

For more than 70 years, the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop has been one of the most prestigious programs of its kind in the United States. Celeb...

Why the 'Gene' Concept Holds Back Evolutionary Thinking

James A. Shapiro | Posted 01.30.2013 | Science
James A. Shapiro

DNA and molecular genetics have brought us to a fundamentally new conceptual understanding of genomes, how they are organized and how they function.

5 Books Every High School Student Should Read

By Marissa Page Marissa Page is a junior at University of Chicago Lab. She’s a student reporter for The Mash, a weekly teen publication distribut...

Kurt Vonnegut: 'I Have Invented A Board Game'

Posted 11.11.2012 | Books

This letter, taken from Kurt Vonnegut: Letters ($35, Delacorte), was written at a low point in Vonnegut's finances. In it, he proposes a children’s...