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Reads tagged with “Kurt Vonnegut”

Timeless Advice on Writing: The Collected Wisdom of Great Writers
Timeless Advice on Writing: The Collected Wisdom of Great Writers

Hemingway, Didion, Baldwin, Fitzgerald, Sontag, Vonnegut, Bradbury, Morrison, Orwell, Le Guin, Woolf, and other titans of literature.

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Rent Is Too Damn High, Vonnegut Edition: The Beloved Author’s Housing Woes
Rent Is Too Damn High, Vonnegut Edition: The Beloved Author’s Housing Woes

“You wonder what creates beatniks? Landlords!”

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Kurt Vonnegut on the Shapes of Stories and Why Uncertainty Is the Crucible of Creativity
Kurt Vonnegut on the Shapes of Stories and Why Uncertainty Is the Crucible of Creativity

“The truth is, we know so little about life, we don’t really know what the good news is and what the bad news is.”

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A Short Poem from Kurt Vonnegut
A Short Poem from Kurt Vonnegut

“And what, and what / Do the two think of?”

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Kurt Vonnegut, Charles Bukowski, Susan Sontag, Harper Lee, and Other Literary Greats on Censorship
Kurt Vonnegut, Charles Bukowski, Susan Sontag, Harper Lee, and Other Literary Greats on Censorship

A century of conviction celebrating the freedom to read.

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How to Write with Style: Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Keys to the Power of the Written Word
How to Write with Style: Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Keys to the Power of the Written Word

“The most damning revelation you can make about yourself is that you do not know what is interesting and what is not.”

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An ABZ of Love: Kurt Vonnegut’s Favorite Vintage Danish Illustrated Guide to Sexuality
An ABZ of Love: Kurt Vonnegut’s Favorite Vintage Danish Illustrated Guide to Sexuality

From common sense to conjugal bliss, by way of corsets and chivalry.

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Kurt Vonnegut: You’re Allowed To Be In Love Three Times In Your Life
Kurt Vonnegut: You’re Allowed To Be In Love Three Times In Your Life

An existential quota held in three long fingers.

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Kurt Vonnegut’s Daily Routine
Kurt Vonnegut’s Daily Routine

“In an unmoored life like mine, sleep and hunger and work arrange themselves to suit themselves, without consulting me.”

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Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Tenets of Storytelling
Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Tenets of Storytelling

“Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.”

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