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author Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. [1922-2007]

American author Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. is a genre all to himself. His wild fiction and non-fiction works are often science-fiction, but largely also satirical, if not pessimistic. He published 14 novels, three short story collections, five plays, and five works of non-fiction, and is most famous for his darkly satirical, best-selling novel "Slaughterhouse-Five" [1969], partly based on his experince as a P.O.W. during the Allies bombing of Dresden, Germany.       Kurt Vonnegut in color

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Kurt Vonnegut entry at Wikipedia
The Kurt Vonnegut Society blog [est. 2008] based at College of Charleston in South Carolina
Kurt Vonnegut Museum & Library [est. 2010] in Indianapolis

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Page at Spirit of America Bookstore

Library of America Kurt Vonnegut Complete Novels 1963-1997 box set  "Kurt Vonnegut: The Complete Novels" [2016]
Edited by Sidney Offit

Library of America 8¼x5½ hardcover [10/2016] 4 books for $126.04
Library of America slipcover four volume box set includes nine short stories and 14 novels: "Player Piano" [1952], "The Sirens of Titan" [1959], "Mother Night" [1962], "Cat’s Cradle"
[1963], "God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater" [1965], "Slaughterhouse-Five" [1966], "Breakfast of Champions" [1973], "Slapstick" [1976], "Jailbird" [1979], "Deadeye Dick" [1982], "Galápagos"
[1985], "Bluebeard" [1987], "Hocus Pocus" [1990], and "Timequake" [1997]

“The primary benefit of practicing any art, whether well or badly, is that
it enables one's soul to grow.” (Writers' Digest Sept 2001)  {Issue #16}
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“Judgment Day . . . could easily be next Wednesday.”  {Issue #33}
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“You want to know something? We are still in the Dark Ages.
The Dark Ages – they haven't ended yet.”  {Issue #34}
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“There is no reason [that] good can't triumph over evil, if only angels will
get organized along the lines of the Mafia.”  {Issue #56}
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“We are here on earth to f*rt around. Don’t let anybody tell you any different.”  {Issue #62}
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“The life that awaits after death is infinitely more tiresome than this one.”  {blog 10/2007}
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Fascists are inferior people who believe it when somebody tells them [that] they are superior.” {blog 10/2007}
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“Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants
to do maintenance.”, in "Hocus Pocus", 1990  {blog 7/2011}
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“One of the good things about modern times: If you die horribly on television, you will not have
died in vain. You will have entertained us.”  {blog 12/2011}
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“The only difference between Hitler and Bush is that Hitler was elected.” (in 2004)  {blog 1/2012}
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“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”  {blog 3/2013}
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“Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person
who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.”  {blog 4/2013}
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“True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.”  {blog 4/2014}
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“The Cornell Sun, thank goodness, showed me what to do with my life, and I did it.”  {blog 9/2014}
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“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.”  {blog 11/2014}
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“The main business of humanity is to do a good job of being human beings, not to serve as appendages
to machines, institutions, and systems.”  {blog 5/2015}
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“Practice any art, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame but to experience becoming, to find out
what's inside you, to make your soul grow.”  {blog 12/2015}
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“I hate it that Americans are taught to fear some books and some ideas as though they were diseases.”  {blog 6/2017}

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