Kurt Vonnegut: Unlikely Apologist

The late Kurt Vonnegut inspires loyalty among his readers. He’s the kind of author whose fans devour book after book, reading one after another in rapid succession. Or at least I did. Back in 1997 a coworker recommended Vonnegut to me, specifically Slaughterhouse-Five. Unable to get my hands on that novel, I checked out Deadeye Dick. I was hooked. By the end of the year, I’d read at least ten Vonnegut novels, only whetting my appetite for more.Vonnegut is often thought of as cynical, edgy, an … [Read more...]

Eat Your Vegetables: "Mother Night" (Vonnegut, 1961)

Each week in Eat Your Vegetables, Jonathan Sircy shares the benefit and appeal of some of the culture’s more inaccessible or intimidating artifacts.Cultural Vegetable of the Week: Mother Night (Kurt Vonnegut, 1961) Nutritional Value: A parable on the perils of pretendingIn Mother Night’s introduction, Kurt Vonnegut says his third novel has three morals. In order, they are:“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” “When you’re dead you’re dead.” “M … [Read more...]