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Kurt Vonnegut

was an American writer. == Kurt Vonnegut had 2 children.==

* 11.11.1922

in Indianapolis, Indiana==

+ 11.04.2007


“What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.” ― Kurt Vonnegut

Go into the arts. I'm not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something. ~Kurt Vonnegut (Book: A Man Without a Country https://amzn.to/3qFoAKq)

Kurt Vonnegut:==

“When I was 15, I spent a month working on an archeological dig. I was talking to one of the archeologists one day during our lunch break and he asked those kinds of “getting to know you” questions you ask young people: Do you play sports? What’s your favorite subject? And I told him, no I don’t play any sports. I do theater, I’m in choir, I play the violin and piano, I used to take art classes.

And he went WOW. That’s amazing! And I said, “Oh no, but I’m not any good at ANY of them.” And he said something then that I will never forget and which absolutely blew my mind because no one had ever said anything like it to me before:

“I don’t think being good at things is the point of doing them. I think you’ve got all these wonderful experiences with different skills, and that all teaches you things and makes you an interesting person, no matter how well you do them.”

And that honestly changed my life. Because I went from a failure, someone who hadn’t been talented enough at anything to excel, to someone who did things because I enjoyed them. I had been raised in such an achievement-oriented environment, so inundated with the myth of Talent, that I thought it was only worth doing things if you could “Win” at them.”

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Kurt Vonnegut ==

  • Human beings will be happier ==
  • not when they cure cancer or get to Mars or eliminate racial prejudice or flush Lake Erie
  • but when they find ways to inhabit primitive communities again.
  • That’s my utopia. That's what I want for me."
  • Kurt Vonnegut

"Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something." - Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut stammte aus einer Familie mit langer Freidenker <http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freidenker>-Tradition. Er war Ehrenpräsident der /American Humanist Association/ und gehörte zu den Erstunterzeichnern des /Humanistischen Manifests III/. In Vonneguts Romanen finden sich immer wieder Auseinandersetzungen mit der Religion. Der Atheist <http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atheismus> und Humanist <http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humanist> Vonnegut sah in der Religion einen Versuch der Menschen, ihre Einsamkeit zu überwinden. Gegen die Kraft der Einsamkeit <http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Einsamkeit>, die zuletzt die Kleinfamilie zerstört, setzte Kurt Vonnegut seine Utopie <http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utopie> der künstlichen Großfamilie. Kurt Vonnegut äußerte sich skeptisch über das Gelingen der Liebe und deren Wohltaten. Die Menschen bräuchten nach seiner Meinung weniger Liebe, als vielmehr allgemeinen Anstand <http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Umgangsformen> im Umgang miteinander.

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“The last half of the 20th century will seem like a wild party for rich kids, compared to what’s coming now. The party’s over, folks. . . [Censorship of the news] is a given in wartime, along with massive campaigns of deliberately-planted “Dis-information”. That is routine behavior in Wartime — for all countries and all combatants — and it makes life difficult for people who value real news.” — Hunter S Thompson

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"The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library

will be giving away free copies of Slaughterhouse Five to students from Republic, Missouri’s high school (yes, the school that banned Slaughterhouse Five last week from their curriculum and school library). If you are a student at Republic High School, please e-mail us...to request your free copy of the book....We think it’s important for everyone to have their First Amendment rights. We’re not telling you to like the book… we just want you to read it and decide for yourself...."

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incl. reading room for banned books ... 1203


"Protest, Protestieren, Protestkommunikation"

Der Band vereint [...] Arbeiten der linguistischen Protestforschung, die sich empirisch fundiert mit Fragen der pragmatischen Relevanz sprachlicher und bildlicher Konstitutionsformen politischen Protests, deren Medialitäten und Modalitäten sowie deren Historizität auseinandersetzen. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110759082

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On November 11, 1922, one of the all-time greatest American writers was born in Indianapolis: the hilarious, kind, and wise Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

“His early life shows the kind of aimless lateral peregrinations of someone who was in the process of inventing a kind of person that hadn’t really existed before,” wrote Lev Grossman in 2007. Vonnegut was a biochemistry major at Cornell before dropping out and enlisting in the army in 1943; after he was captured during the Battle of the Bulge, he was sent to a prison camp in Dresden. He was there when it was bombed by Allied forces and survived by sheltering in a meat locker in a slaughterhouse with the address Schlachthof 5—Slaughterhouse-Five. “On about February 14th the Americans came over, followed by the R.A.F. their combined labors killed 250,000 people in 24 hours and destroyed all of Dresden—possibly the world’s most beautiful city,” Vonnegut wrote. “But not me.”

Thank goodness.

In 1952, he published his first novel, Player Piano, to positive reviews if relatively little fanfare, and published four more novels after that before 1969, when he published his “Dresden book”—and the book that would make him a household name: Slaughterhouse-Five. The novel became a bestseller, and continues to be considered one of the greatest anti-war novels ever written.

“Vonnegut’s sincerity, his willingness to scoff at received wisdom, is such that reading his work for the first time gives one the sense that everything else is rank hypocrisy,” wrote Grossman. “His opinion of human nature was low, and that low opinion applied to his heroes and his villains alike—he was endlessly disappointed in humanity and in himself, and he expressed that disappointment in a mixture of tar-black humor and deep despair. He could easily have become a crank, but he was too smart; he could have become a cynic, but there was something tender in his nature that he could never quite suppress; he could have become a bore, but even at his most despairing he had an endless willingness to entertain his readers: with drawings, jokes, sex, bizarre plot twists, science fiction, whatever it took.”

Again: thank goodness.

Vonnegut died in New York City in 2007 at the age of 84, leaving behind more than 20 books, several generations of acolytes, and a changed American literary landscape. So it goes.


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Just as he was becoming a rock icon with Nirvana in the early 1990s, Kurt Cobain was privately struggling with both addiction and mental health issues that were only exacerbated by his burgeoning fame. Finally, on April 5, 1994, Cobain shut himself inside the room above the garage of his Seattle home and took a near-fatal dose of Valium and heroin. He then put the barrel of a shotgun to his head and pulled the trigger, bringing his life to an end at the age of just 27. In the suicide note found next to his body three days later, Cobain quoted the Neil Young lyric, "It's better to burn out than to fade away." See how Kurt Cobain and 17 other beloved icons may have looked today had they not died young: http://bit.ly/40NN8Rd

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