Authors who look like their writing: #2 Kurt Vonnegut

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Look at him, with his dishevelled, curly hair and tidy moustache, with his rumpled face and wry smile. He could be a mad scientist or a kindly history professor… maybe a bit of a wise guy. Or a genius novelist who was in turns prophetic and vulgar, a poet and a cartoonist, a non-conformist and an acrid wit. He’s so loved that I feel hesitant to give him any of these labels. To me, he seemed eternally disappointed in humanity yet filled with an absolute optimism in the possibility for human kindness.

When the last living thing
has died on account of us,
how poetical it would be
if Earth could say,
in a voice floating up
perhaps
from the floor
of the Grand Canyon,
“It is done.”
People did not like it here.

– ‘Requiem’, Kurt Vonnegut

(Photo: Random House/Reuters)

I’ve been asked a few times if I’m taking suggestions for other authors to include in this series.
Of course, bring it on.

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24 thoughts on “Authors who look like their writing: #2 Kurt Vonnegut

  1. Jessica

    I agree with Charles. Slaughter-house 5 is one of my favorite books. It’s on my night stand right now, actually. Whenever I’m having trouble making things flow, I pull out Vonnegut. Somehow he always helps.

    I like this list you’re working on. If I think of anyone, I’ll let you know!

    Reply
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  3. Tuan Ho

    Stopping by for the first time. Great blog! 🙂

    It’s perfect timing as I’m about to read Slaughterhouse 5 this week (finished Vonnegut’s Sirens of Titan a month ago)

    🙂

    Reply
    1. beautifulorange Post author

      Thanks so much. Slaughterhouse 5 is one of my favourite books… not sure if you saw but I posted a list of my favourite books but left it off. A mistake!

      I haven’t read Sirens of Titan yet…

      Reply
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