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Continuing with my Vonnegut kick, I checked this out from the library A collection of interviews that spans nearly 30 years of his career 1969 1987 , this book provides a level of insight into his personality and inspirations, as well as his current projects Naturally, there s a good deal of repetition he is asked about being a black humorist many times uses several of the same anecdotes over and over One of the later interviews was repeated verbatim in Palm Sunday, another recent re Continuing with my Vonnegut kick, I checked this out from the library A collection of interviews that spans nearly 30 years of his career 1969 1987 , this book provides a level of insight into his personality and inspirations, as well as his current projects Naturally, there s a good deal of repetition he is asked about being a black humorist many times uses several of the same anecdotes over and over One of the later interviews was repeated verbatim in Palm Sunday, another recent read for me He appears relatively open in the interviews, replying with good humor to even potentially painful questions He seems slightly baffled as to his college age fandom, even as one generation was supplanted by the next Perhaps I should have takentime with this book thrown a novel or two of his in between as I felt the same material was being rehashed over and over Nonetheless, I feel this book is a useful resource for those interested in knowingabout both the writer and the man Quotable Quotes He KV is the impatient humanitarian, the disappointed but constant optimist p 3 1969 On young people The most conceited generation in history They re bright, but I m not sure that they re competent p 11 1969 The President of the United States must dream the biggest dreams for all of us I think he should be called dreamer in chief p 27 1970 We have entered a period when our government doesn t really seem to like us much I find this oppressive and realize that the Constitution can t help much, cant help at all, really, if our leaders come to dislike us which they apparently do p 73 1973 Thethings change But laughter is a response to frustration, just as tears are, and it solves nothing, just as tears solve nothing p 89 1973 In spite of chainsmoking Pall Malls since I was fourteen, I think my wind is still good enough for me to go chasing after happiness, something I ve never really tried p 110 1973 If someone has read me when he was 19, which is quite likely, when he ceases to be 19 he s going to leave me behind, too p 140 1974 Not so The reason novels were so thick for so long was that people had so much time to kill p 162 1974 Kurt Vonnegut says I ve worked with enough students to know what beginning writers are like, and if they will just talk to me for twenty minutes I can help them so much, because there are such simple things to know Make a character want something that s how you begin William Rodney Allen teaches English at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts He is the author of Walker Percy The Southern Wayfarer Finished Conversations with Kurt Vonnegut yesterday and this morning learned the unfortunate news that he died yesterday Of the book, like every other in the conversations with authors series, the interviews do seem to become monotonous This is good and bad on the one hand, it s comforting and on the other, it s disappointing both going to expectations and disappointments in what any writer is capable of There are limits to wit and anecdote and spontaneity, after all Of Kurt specifical Finished Conversations with Kurt Vonnegut yesterday and this morning learned the unfortunate news that he died yesterday Of the book, like every other in the conversations with authors series, the interviews do seem to become monotonous This is good and bad on the one hand, it s comforting and on the other, it s disappointing both going to expectations and disappointments in what any writer is capable of There are limits to wit and anecdote and spontaneity, after all Of Kurt specifically I would say he is funny, smart, and kind a mensch through and through Importantly, he was also very wise about the technical foundations to good writing On a lighter note, which Kurt might appreciate, this morning on the BART a man and woman who was in a wheelchair sitting directly across from Heather and me noted how funny it was that Heather was reading a book called The Invisible Man Ellison and I was reading a book called Women Charles Bukowski So it is So it was So it goes Goodnight Kurt A collection of interviews conducted with Kurt Vonnegut from various sources dating from 1969 to 1999 A very interesting read if you re a big Vonnegut fan or an aspiring writer.It s funny I m pretty sure that this book, which weighs in at about 330 pages, is longer than any of the books that Vonnegut actually wrote I really loved getting to know some of Vonnegut s biographical history and his thought processes I also thought it was interesting to see how his interests and goals changed For A collection of interviews conducted with Kurt Vonnegut from various sources dating from 1969 to 1999 A very interesting read if you re a big Vonnegut fan or an aspiring writer.It s funny I m pretty sure that this book, which weighs in at about 330 pages, is longer than any of the books that Vonnegut actually wrote I really loved getting to know some of Vonnegut s biographical history and his thought processes I also thought it was interesting to see how his interests and goals changed For a time, Vonnegut thought he would mainly be a playwright I didn t know that at all.The first half of the book is really repetitive, because interviewers kept asking Vonnegut the same questions over and over the main one was some variation of, How do you feel about the label black humoristIt gets better as it goes, but this read is probably only worth it if you re a hardcore fan.I really want to find a Vonnegut biography now Definitely suggest reading this only after you ve read a good amount of his other works Meeting my Maker a visit with Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., by Kilgore Trout is especially worth the read. I shouldn t have tried to read this book straight through but it was still worth it At the least provocation and seemingly at random, Vonnegut comes out with incredible bits of wisdom Not every interview is a hit and there s a fair amount of repetition, especially in the post Slaughterhouse Five early 70s ones, but I m glad to have read the whole book. A fairly entertaining enlightening collection of interviews with Vonnegut from various magazines periodicals Mainly goes over ground that was better trod later in the And So It Goes biography and Vonnegut has a tendency to repeat himself almost word for word with similar questions, but there s enough in here for it to be worth a fanatic s time A fairly entertaining enlightening collection of interviews with Vonnegut from various magazines periodicals Mainly goes over ground that was better trod later in the And So It Goes biography and Vonnegut has a tendency to repeat himself almost word for word with similar questions, but there s enough in here for it to be worth a fanatic s time V s eyes appear to be teetering on the precipice of hilarity or despair Like his books If you make people laugh or cry about little black marks on sheets of white paper, what is that but a practical joke This collection of interviews, spanning 1969 through 1999 in the later edition will be of interest to hardcore Vonnegut fans, but it is less engaging than Vonnegut s own volumes of non fiction When first published, in 1988, this collection reprinted several items which had already appeared in Wampeters, Foma Granfalloons 1974 and Palm Sunday 1981 , rendering this title partially redundant More significantly, however, is the fact that Vonnegut, as an author who was frequently being i This collection of interviews, spanning 1969 through 1999 in the later edition will be of interest to hardcore Vonnegut fans, but it is less engaging than Vonnegut s own volumes of non fiction When first published, in 1988, this collection reprinted several items which had already appeared in Wampeters, Foma Granfalloons 1974 and Palm Sunday 1981 , rendering this title partially redundant More significantly, however, is the fact that Vonnegut, as an author who was frequently being interviewed both in print and on camera, as well as speaking publicly, cultivated a collection of stock answers, anecdotes, and snarky quips, any of which, in isolation, is golden When repeated, however, as they inevitably are in this collection, their edge becomes quickly blunted But we should probably cut Vonnegut some slack Which of us, after all, is not guilty of the same minor offense And at least we didn t have to live with Vonnegut Imagine the patience required by those who live with each of us on a daily basis Fun to read, but I guess I don t need quite that much Vonnegut A couple quotes On the autobiographical aspect of Slaughterhouse Five As a groggy war prisoner he witnessed the fire bombing of Dresden, a terrible thing for the son of an architect to see Ordinarily, living authors are not good friends with one another It is, and I have talked this over withother authors, part of our stock in trade not hating other authors, but pitying them laugh There is nothing a living author has writ Fun to read, but I guess I don t need quite that much Vonnegut A couple quotes On the autobiographical aspect of Slaughterhouse Five As a groggy war prisoner he witnessed the fire bombing of Dresden, a terrible thing for the son of an architect to see Ordinarily, living authors are not good friends with one another It is, and I have talked this over withother authors, part of our stock in trade not hating other authors, but pitying them laugh There is nothing a living author has written that I wish I had written, and I am sure that is the case ofr ever living author This is part of the professional stance This is part of what keeps you going