“New” Vonnegut story available at The Nation

While we certainly encourage everyone to purchase a copy of Kurt Vonnegut Complete Stories, readers can find one of the newly discovered stories online at The Nation:

“Requiem for Zeitgeist”

https://www.thenation.com/article/requiem-for-zeitgeist/

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Vonnegut Trivia – Week of September 24, 2017

This week’s question is from Slapstick, first published in 1976.

What is the subtitle found on the title page of the novel Slapstick?

  1. The Children’s Crusade
  2. So it Goes
  3. Lonesome No More!
  4. Dammit! You’ve Got to Be Kind!

For the correct answer, visit the following Kickstarter page to help fund a new mental health initiative from the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library.  As most Vonnnegut fans know, Kurt suffered from depression, and his mother committed suicide.  Characters experiencing the ravages of mental illness appear frequently in his fiction.  Those able to make a donation to support this worthy program can do so at the link below, which includes a short video about the program:

 

The answer to last week’s question was #3–readers of Cat’s Cradle know that foma are harmless lies.

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“New” Vonnegut story available in The Atlantic

The Atlantic Monthly has published a newly discovered Vonnegut story, “The Drone King,” in this month’s edition.   You can read the story at the following link:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/10/kurt-vonnegut-the-drone-king/537870/ 

The story was discovered by writer Dan Wakefield and Vonnegut scholar Jerome Klinkowitz as they were reading through Vonnegut’s papers at the Lilly Library at Indiana University while working on Vonnegut’s Complete Stories, soon to be published by Seven Stories Press.  According to Klinkowitz, “The Drone King” was written in the early 1950’s, at the beginning of Vonnegut’s career.

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Vonnegut Trivia – Week of September 17, 2017

This week’s question is from Cat’s Cradle, one of Vonnegut’s best, first published in 1963.

What are foma?

  1. Plant life found only on Trafalmadore
  2. Pain pills
  3. Harmless lies
  4. Ancient wisdoms

Check back next week for the correct response.  The answer to last week’s question was #1 –  Harry LaSabre’s secret was that he liked to wear women’s clothing.

Don’t forget: On September 26th Seven Stories Press will release Vonnegut’s Complete Stories, featuring several previously unpublished works.   We’ll have more on the Complete Stories later this week.

 

Vonnegut Trivia – Week of September 10, 2017

This week’s question is from Breakfast of Champions:

Q: Harry LeSabre, the sales manager at Dwayne Hoover’s Exit Eleven Pontiac Village, has a secret.  What is it?

  1. He likes to wear women’s clothing
  2. He was a German spy during World War II
  3. He’s a robot
  4. He’s having an affair with Dwayne’s wife

Check back next week for the answer.  The correct response to last week’s question was Eugene Debs.  The narrator of Hocus Pocus is Eugene Debs Hartke, named after the famed Indianapolis labor leader and Socialist Party presidential candidate, Eugene Victor Debs.   Vonnegut often referred to this famous Debs quote:

“While there is a lower class, I am in it.  While there is a criminal element, I am of it.  While there is a soul in prison, I am not free.”

 

 

Vonnegut Trivia – Week of September 3, 2017

In recognition of Labor Day, this week’s question comes from Hocus Pocus, Vonnegut’s penultimate novel, published in 1990.

The protagonist and narrator of Hocus Pocus is named after which prominent labor organizer:

  1. Samuel Gompers
  2. Eugene Debs
  3. Big Bill Haywood
  4. Daniel McCone

Check back next week for the answer.  The correct response to last week’s question was Laurel and Hardy.

Enjoy your Labor Day holiday.