November 30, 2012

Wish I'd taken that class

Via the Estimable Popova, a Vonnegut term paper assignment, 1965.



Blogger First Sea Lord said...

It's high time we put an end to this kind of abuse of privilege by a tenured professor more interested in indulging his wordplay than getting his students high scores on the GRE!

December 1, 2012 at 11:51 AM  
Blogger The Other Front said...

If I recall, Vonnegut was considered a bit of a secondary figure back in the day, well-regarded, but too weird and wacky to be a true lion of literature.

Like Marilyn Monroe, he seems to be advancing posthumously. I get the sense that he is becoming more and more a part of the cultural vernacular, while "serious" artists like Roth, Fowles, or Updike recede in the rear-view mirror. It's very easy for me to imagine someone reading Cat's Cradle in 2112 and getting a lot out of it. Rabbit is Rich, not so much.

The older I get, the more I find myself quoting him:
- "You are what you pretend to be."
- "If this isn't nice, what is?"
- "You've got to be kind."
- more here.

December 1, 2012 at 12:35 PM  

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