Vonnegut Trivia – Week of April 23, 2017

For this week’s question, we visit Vonnegut’s 1987 novel Bluebeard.

In the novel, the character Circe Berman writes Young Adult fiction under what pen name?

The answer to last week’s question: The Statler Brothers song “Class of ’57” is considered by Kurt to be a proper National Anthem for his generation.

For more on Vonnegut’s life and work, check out the essay “Kurt Vonnegut-The Lapsed Secularist” by Josh Privett.  Click here for the full essay:


Vonnegut Trivia – Week of April 16, 2017

This week’s Easter Sunday edition of Vonnegut Trivia comes from Palm Sunday, Vonnegut’s 1981 “autobiographical collage.”

What is the name of the country song by The Statler Brothers that Kurt would like to see “become our national anthem for a little while?”   In Palm Sunday Vonnegut includes the lyrics to the song, and writes that it “could be an anthem for my generation.”

The answer to last week’s question: Dwayne Hoover owned a Pontiac dealership in Midland City.

Interested in Vonnegut “fan fiction?”  Check out this interview with Jim O’loughlin on “The World Of Kurt Vonnegut.”


Vonnegut Trivia – Week of April 9, 2017

This week’s question continues with our theme of occupations.

In Breakfast of Champions, what is Dwayne Hoover’s occupation?

Check back next week for the correct response.  The answer to last week’s question: Billy Pilgrim was an optometrist by trade.

Be sure to check out our interview with Gregory Sumner, author of Unstuck in Time: A Journey Through Kurt Vonnegut’s Life and Novels.  In the interview, Sumner discusses the writing of Vonnegut’s short story, “Welcome to the Monkey House.”  Click here to read the complete interview.

Vonnegut Trivia – Week of April 2, 2017

For this week’s question, we visit Vonnegut’s masterpiece, Slaughterhouse-Five:

What is Billy Pilgrim’s profession?

Check back next week for the answer.  The correct response to last week’s question: Rudy Waltz, the protagonist of Deadeye Dick, was a registered pharmacist.

Be sure to read the recent interview with Ginger Strand, author of The Brothers Vonnegut.   For the complete interview, click here.

The Brothers Vonnegut – An Interview with Ginger Strand

The Brothers Vonnegut, by Ginger Strand, is a fascinating study of Kurt Vonnegut’s career in public relations for General Electric (GE) in the late 1940’s. Yet equally important is the story of Bernard Vonnegut, Kurt’s older brother, an accomplished scientist specializing in weather phenomenon. Author Ginger Strand shared her thoughts with The Daily Vonnegut.   

Q: What inspired you to write this book?

A: Surprisingly, while I liked what I had read, I wasn’t a lifelong Kurt Vonnegut fan. I came to this story via Bernie. I was reading about New York City’s 1950 drought, in which the city cloud seeded the Catskill Mountains in an attempt to fill their reservoirs. That story was fascinating enough, but when I learned that the person who invented the method New York City used was Bernard Vonnegut, brother to Kurt, I got interested. I remembered how Kurt had been caught in the firebombing of Dresden during World War II, and had only survived because he was in a slaughterhouse basement. This lyrical pair of images—one brother hiding underground to avoid fire and death from the sky, the other brother in the air trying to coax water and life from the sky—stuck with me.

For the complete interview, click here.