Why I Got Kurt Vonnegut Tattooed on My Arm

Why I Got Kurt Vonnegut Tattooed on My Arm

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When I was twelve-years-old I read Slaughterhouse-Five for the first time. I was absolutely enthralled, I had never read anything like it. I didn’t know you could write like that. Conversationally, controversially, about real life and an infinite universe all in one. I’m not sure what made more of an impression on lil ol’ me: the voice or the real-world-but-slightly-suspicious atmosphere, but I was into it. Really into it.   So into it, that when I was twenty-years-old, Vonnegut’s signature and self portrait became a permanent part of me.   If I have a single regret about this tattoo, it’s that it’s impossible to …

Check out Five Never-Before-Seen Kurt Vonnegut Short Stories!

Check out Five Never-Before-Seen Kurt Vonnegut Short Stories!

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Dan Wakefield and Jerome Klinkowitz have been hard at work at the Lilly Library at Indiana University, working on a comprehensive volume of Kurt Vonnegut’s short fiction. Wakefield, a friend of Vonnegut’s, and Klinkowitz, a scholar of the author’s work, recently discovered (and published!) five previously unpublished stories.   ‘The Drone King’, one of the previously unpublished stories, is available to read online at The Atlantic.   Image via Neatorama.   Wakefield and Klinkowitz’s Complete Stories was released earlier this week, so you don’t have to wait to read the rest of Vonnegut’s new work! The pair organized the ninety-eight stories that make up …

14 Iconic Authors Bare It All in Playboy Without Taking Their Clothes Off

14 Iconic Authors Bare It All in Playboy Without Taking Their Clothes Off

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Whether you love him or hate him, there’s no denying the effect Hefner’s work has had on both the literary and publishing worlds. In memoriam of Hugh Hefner’s life and career, we’ve put together a list of some of the most notable authors and interviews published in Playboy to prove that yes, some people really do read it for the articles.    I had so much fun making the featured image that I couldn’t not also make a full cover. Enjoy. / Image Via The New Yorker, Photoshopped by yours truly.   If you’ve got a subscription to Playboy, be sure to check out the Playboy …

These 7 Writers Started With Very Different Careers

These 7 Writers Started With Very Different Careers

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Some of the greatest books ever written were written by accountants. Or lawyers, or construction works. The decisions you make as a little tyke don’t necessarily have to dictate who you’ll always be. Here are some of our favorite writers who did not always think they’d end up as writers, including debut novelists Isabelle Ronin and Leah Weiss!    1. Kurt Vonnegut owned a car dealership   Image Via Digital Dealer   Before his groundbreaking novel Slaughterhouse-Five, Vonnegut had a tough time supporting his family. He worked as a journalist for Sports Illustrated, and a PR exec for General Electric. Probably most …

Top 10 Classical Novels That Received Dreadful Reviews

Top 10 Classical Novels That Received Dreadful Reviews

  Most of us have grown so accustomed to classical works of novelists being regarded as the epitome of literary excellence that we become unaware of the problematic aspects of these stories. Even the most beautifully written and well-arranged prose can suffer under the bitter scrutiny of critical minds. For these enduring works of literature that have lasted decades or even centuries, their initial response were not always positive.    Here is a collection of some of the harshest and most scathing commentaries well-known authors have received. The titles mentioned are not listed in any particular order.   1. Catch-22 by Joseph …