Kurt Vonnegut

17 Classic Movies That Were Saved By Studio Interference

In an alternate 1985, American movie audiences saw a movie called <i>Spaceman From Pluto</i>, wherein Eric Stoltz's time-traveling DeLorean is sent back to …

Movies

Mister Kurt, He Posthumous: Vonnegut’s “Complete Stories” - Los Angeles Review of Books

ON OCTOBER 28, 1949, Kurt Vonnegut wrote to his father as follows:<p>Dear Pop:<p>I sold my first story to <i>Collier’s</i>. Received my check ($750 minus a 10% …

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This 2-Word Quote From Writer Kurt Vonnegut Will Change the Way You Work

You're always going to be in the process of becoming who you want to be, so you may as well learn to enjoy it.<p>When it comes to insights about work, there are tweaks and there are game changers. Which isn't to diminish tweaks. Sometimes, the perfect scheduling hack or productivity ritual can …

Authors

Behind Every War News Story Is A 20-Something College Kid

If you've seen any news reports from Vice, <i>The New York Times</i>, or <i>National Geographic</i> about the fighting against ISIS, you might imagine the work is …

Humor

The Complete Vonnegut

“It all adds up to a fascinating portrait-of-the-artist-on-the-make in the booming 1950s. And it makes you wish the stories were better.” …

Science Fiction

How Kurt Vonnegut Found His Voice and His Themes

<b>COMPLETE STORIES</b><br>By Kurt Vonnegut<br>Edited by Jerome Klimkowitz and Dan Wakefield<br>911 pp. Seven Stories Press. $45.<p>Stop me if you’ve heard this one: I once stalked Kurt Vonnegut.<p>There’s a sort of writer — often male, typically born in the mid- to late-20th century — for whom this won’t be a surprise, …

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How Do We Find Meaning in Life?

Human beings certainly gravitate to religion and it seems we all have an tendency to believe in some sort of karma. Your mind may <i>require</i> meaning. …

The Brain

Doorstoppers, War Stories, Fashion, Folkies | Classic Returns

War and its effects reverberate through this edition of <i>LJ</i>’s “Classic Returns” column, with breaks for French memoirs and fashion, American folk …

Literature

October 2017 eBook Deals

<b>eBooks on sale for $1.99 this month:</b> <i><br>Abandon Me</i> by Melissa Febos <i><br>An Unofficial Rose</i> by Iris Murdoch <i><br>Basquiat: A Quick Killing in Art</i> by Phoebe Hoban <i><br>By</i> …

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Sept. 10, 1974.<p>I’m sure of the date because it was my 18th birthday. Old enough to finally buy a copy of Playboy magazine at the Campus Activities …

Hugh Hefner

7 Powerful Quotes That Will Make You a Better Leader This Weekend

We all fall into slumps. These seven inspiring quotes will help you quickly rise back up into becoming a better leader.<p>There isn't a one-size-fits-all canvas for what leadership looks like--nor for how it needs to be executed on a daily basis. Leadership is a journey which is something I'm learning …

Self-improvement

Hugh Hefner, Playboy Founder, Dies at 91

“He defined a lifestyle and ethos that lie at the heart of the Playboy brand,” son Cooper Hefner says<p>Playboy founder and icon Hugh Hefner died on …

Entertainment

Hugh Hefner Quotes: To Celebrate The Playboy Icon's Life

The founder of iconic magazine Playboy, Hugh M. Hefner, died at the age of 91 from natural causes in Los Angeles, the magazine said Wednesday.<p>“Hugh …

News (U.S.)

Requiem for Zeitgeist

<i>Introduction</i><p>Item<i>. The short story is the fabulous invalid of American letters.</i> Item<i>. According to an Authors Guild survey, only 39 percent of all</i> …

Literature

Fiction: The Drone King

A newly discovered short story by Kurt Vonnegut<p><b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>While reading through Kurt Vonnegut’s papers in the Lilly Library, at Indiana University, as they worked on the first comprehensive edition of his short fiction, Vonnegut’s friend Dan Wakefield and Jerome Klinkowitz, a scholar of</i> …

Link About It: South Africa's "Boxing Grannies"

Training twice a week with their coach Claude Maphosa, South Africa's "gogos" are older women who are learning to box for the benefit of their health. Dubbed "Boxing Grannies," these badass ladies are finding that many of their ailments are disappearing and they're feeling healthier and stronger …

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Link About It: Beautifying Neglected Basketball Courts With Project Backboard

Founded in 2014 by Daniel Peterson, Project Backboard refurbishes neglected basketball courts by commissioning artists to make them works of art. Initially in Memphis, the project has now spread across neighborhoods in the United States and features beautiful work by the likes of Nina Chanel Abney, …

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Link About It: YuMi the Robot Conducts Tenor Andrea Bocelli

In a program titled "A breath of hope: from the Stradivarius to the robot," YuMi the dual-armed robot made its debut as a conductor. Through the compositions of Verdi, YuMi directed none other than world-famous tenor Andrea Bocelli in singing "La Donna è Mobile," the aria from "Rigoletto" as well …

Bentley Motors

Shorties (Fall's Best Short Story Collections, New Music from Mirah, and more)

The Washington Post recommended fall's best short story collections.Stream a new Mirah song.Patty Yumi Cottrell shared the influence of Fiona Apple's …

Books

The Shirk Report – Volume 439

Welcome to the Shirk Report where you will find 20 funny images, 10 interesting articles and 5 entertaining videos from the last 7 days of sifting. …

Burning Man

Link About It: Jean-Michel Basquiat's Unconventional Personal Style

The incredibly talented Jean-Michel Basquiat has been studied for his art for decades, but in a new Guardian article, his sense of style nabs the attention. An important part of his life, fashion was central to Basquiat—in fact, his mother designed clothes and he spent time painting apparel for …

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Link About It: This Week's Picks: Pleasure toys, foldable phones, Basquiat's personal style and more in our look around the web

1. Places to Have a Timeout From Helsinki Design Week<p>Helsinki Design Week is on now, and Dezeen asked local interior designer Joanna Laajisto for her list of favorite spots when a little time out from the event is necessary. Laajisto's picks are—as expected—beautifully designed and very photogenic. …

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Here's the best way to road trip America's East Coast

New England looms large in the imagination of the British traveller, bringing to mind pristine Ivy League college towns, the preppy sailing clubs of …

Playwrights

Link About It: Translating Human Languages into Elephant Gestures

Thanks to the "Hello in Elephant" website, launched back in August, it's very easy to translate human words—and emotions—to elephant gestures. A project developed by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and ElephantVoices, the site also contains a service that allows visitors to send these gesture …

Bentley Motors

Editors discover, plan to publish five never-released Kurt Vonnegut stories

Editors putting together an upcoming collection of Kurt Vonnegut’s short fiction have stumbled across five never-before-published stories from the …

Literature

The Drone King, An Incredible Animation of a Newly Discovered Unpublished Story by Kurt Vonnegut

The Atlantic has created a really wonderful animation to accompany the newly found Kurt Vonnegut story “The Drone King“. This story along with four …

Authors

Album of the Week: Forced Witness by Alex Cameron

Alex Cameron’s music could easily pass as audiobooks someone had fun putting background music to, and his sophomore release <i>Forced Witness</i>, out now …

Link About It: Unreleased Kurt Vonnegut Stories to be Published

Beloved writer Kurt Vonnegut (who passed away 10 years ago) will have five never-before-seen (by the general public) stories published later this month. Edited by Jerome Klinkowitz and Dan Wakefield (who discovered the stories) and with a foreword by Dave Eggers, "Complete Stories" will include all …

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Link About It: Marriage Equality Pioneer Edith Windsor Dies at 88

In a landmark Supreme Court ruling, Edie Windsor had 1996's Defense of Marriage Act dismantled in 13 states and the District of Columbia—a crucial step toward nationwide marriage equality. Windsor spent 40 years living with partner Thea Spyer (and the two were married in Canada). When Spyer passed, …

Bentley Motors

Five unreleased Kurt Vonnegut stories set to be published

A new collection will bring together never-before-seen, rare and unpublished short works by the Slaughterhouse-Five author<p>Kurt Vonnegut quit writing press releases for the General Electric in 1951, following the publication of his first short fiction, <i>Report on the Barnhouse Effect.</i> Making the move …

Literature