Wednesday, May 02, 2007


KURT VONNEGUT (1922-2007)

A Roy Knipe illustration, first published in 'An Index of Possibilities' (Wildwood House. 1974)
to accompany an extract from an interview he did with Playboy magazine, in which he talks about going to see the last moon shot. He said: 'It's a tremendous space fuck, and there's some kind of conspiracy to suppress that fact.' The original of the illustration was bought by his wife Jill Krementz as a present for Vonnegut. [Thanks to Roy for giving us permission to use it]

Last Friday, Mark Vonnegut, a paedatrician named by his father after Mark Twain, delivered the speech his father had planned to give at Butler University in Indianapolis as part of The Year of Vonnegut celebrations, consisting of a wide range of events including readings and forums intended to encourage people to visit libraries. The last sentence olf the speech was: "I thank you for your attention, and I‘m outta here." Mayor Bart Peterson presented Vonnegut‘s widow, Jill Krementz, a proclamation designating April 27th as Kurt Vonnegut Day in Indianapolis. Vonnegut's affluent German-American ancestors played a key role in the city‘s early development, and his paternal grandfather was a prominent architect who designed several Indianapolis landmarks.

Obituary: New York Times

Works by Kurt Vonnegut:Player Piano (1951), The Sirens of Titan (1959), Canary in a Cat House (1961), Mother Night (1961), Cat's Cradle (1963), God Bless You, Mr Rosewater (1965), Welcome to the Monkey House (1968), Slaughterhouse-Five (1969), Happy Birthday, Wanda June [play] (1971), Between Time and Timbuktu [TV script] (1972), Breakfast of Champions (1973), Wampeters, Foma & Granfalloons (1974), Slapstick (1976), Jailbird (1979), Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage [essays] (1981), Deadeye Dick (1982), Galapagos (1985), Bluebeard (1987), Hocus Pocus (1990), Fates Worse than Death: An Autobiographical Collage of the 1980s [essays] (1991), Timequake (1997), A Man Without a Country [essays] (2005).

See: Wikipedia and The Vonnegut Web

Audio interviews: Wired for Books and Kurt Vonnegut Judges Modern Society

You Tube videos

Kurt Vonnegut: Me, Myself and I: An edited version of the interview he gave to 'The Paris Review'.

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