Wampeters, Foma & Granfalloons (opinions)

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Dial Press, 2006 - 288 pages

Wampeters, Foma & Granfalloons is a rare opportunity to experience Kurt Vonnegut speaking in his own voice about his own life, his views of the world, his writing, and the writing of others. An indignant, outrageous, witty, deeply felt collection of reviews, essays, and speeches, this is a window not only into Vonnegut's mind but also into his heart.

"A book filled with madness and truth and absurdity and self-revelation . . . [Vonnegut is] a great cosmic comedian and rattler of human skeletons, an idealist disguised as a pessimist."--St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Includes the following essays, speeches, and works:

"Science Fiction"
"Brief Encounters on the Inland Waterway"
"Hello, Star Vega"
"Teaching the Unteachable"
"Yes, We Have No Nirvanas"
"Fortitude"
"'There's a Maniac Loose Out There'"
"Excelsior! We're Going to the Moon! Excelsior!"
"Address to the American Physical Society"
"Good Missiles, Good Manners, Good Night"
"Why They Read Hesse"
"Oversexed in Indianapolis"
"The Mysterious Madame Blavatsky"
"Biafra: A People Betrayed"
"Address to Graduating Class at Bennington College, 1970"
"Torture and Blubber"
"Address to the National Institute of Arts and Letters, 1971"
"Reflections on my Own Death"
"In a Manner that Must Shame God Himself"
"Thinking Unthinkable, Speaking Unspeakable"
"Address at Rededication of Wheaton College Library, 1973"
"Invite Rita Rait to America!"
"Address to P.E.N. Conference in Stockholm, 1973"
"A Political Disease"
"Playboy Interview"

 

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Kasutaja arvustus  - DanielSTJ - LibraryThing

This was a nice little assortment of non-fiction pieces by Kurt Vonnegut. It touched on a lot of different themes and the range of the pieces varied in intensity and magnitude. Overall, I was ... Read full review

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Kasutaja arvustus  - 5hrdrive - LibraryThing

Good Lord we need this man back, now more than ever. Stupid Pall Malls. Terrific collection of essays, speeches and interviews. Biafra: A People Betrayed will break your heart. Read full review

Contents

SCIENCE FICTION
1
HELLO STAR VEGA
21
FORTITUDE
43
THERES A MANIAC LOOSE OUT THERE
67
EXCELSIOR WERE GOING
81
GOOD MISSILES GOOD MANNERS GOOD NIGHT
105
OVERSEXED IN INDIANAPOLIS
119
A PEOPLE BETRAYED
141
ADDRESS TO GRADUATING CLASS
161
ADDRESS TO THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE
177
THINKING UNTHINKABLE SPEAKING UNSPEAKABLE
209
INVITE RITA RAIT TO AMERICA ſ
223
PLAYBOY INTERVIEW
237
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Kurt Vonnegut's black humor, satiric voice, and incomparable imagination first captured America's attention in The Sirens of Titan in 1959 and established him as "a true artist" (The New York Times) with Cat's Cradle in 1963. He was, as Graham Greene declared, "one of the best living American writers." Mr. Vonnegut passed away in April 2007.

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