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In Conversation

Program #VONK001. Recorded in New York, NY on February 23, 2003.

Kurt Vonnegut was a cultural icon. His observations on the destructiveness and dehumanization of the 20th century, distilled by his rich imagination and quirky view of events and their time frames, make for delightful reading and listening experiences. His irreverence is palpable, as is his disdain for Bush administration. Asked by a journalist for an idea for a really scary reality TV show, Vonnegut responded, "C Students From Yale. It would stand your hair on end." In his book "Hocus Pocus," published in 1990, he wrote, "Just because some of us can read and write and do a little math, that doesn't mean we deserve to conquer the Universe." Interview by David Barsamian


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Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut ranks among America's most widely read and best-loved authors. He was born in Indiana in 1922. He was an infantryman in World War Two and was captured during the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944. He was then taken to a POW camp in Dresden in time to experience the Allied firebombing of that city. The destruction wrought was greater than that of Nagasaki. He was a self-described "fourth-generation German-American living in easy circumstances." He wrote over 20 books including such classics as Cat's Cradle and Slaughterhouse-Five. He died in New York on April 11, 2007. "So it goes."

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