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Writer Wisdom: The Best of Kurt Vonnegut

The Best, 2/13/18

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Feb 13, 2018 · 4 min read

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Top stories

The Joy and Sorrow of Rereading Holt’s “How Children Learn” — A summary of John Holt’s great insights about children’s learning.

Ebb and Flow of Norepinephrine Colors Emotion — “Press play on your earliest happy memory. Your presence is transported to the past, where you feel temperature change, see younger versions of family members interact and even smell the succulent aromas around you. A vivid experience drenches the senses and embosses an indelible memory on the brain’s surface. Why do some remember (and even dream) in exquisite sensory detail, while others watch only monochromatic versions of their past? The answer lies in their genes.”

The Answers Are in Front of You — The answers to life and business might be sitting right on your bookcase…🤔 Here are nine inspiring books and what you can learn from them.


Reading

Slaughterhouse-Five — A Novel

Deadeye Dick — A Novel

This is my first time reading Deadeye Dick and I love it so far!

Harrison Bergeron — A Short Story

This is an interesting short story that analyzes what happens when people mistakenly pursue equality of outcome instead of trying to equalize equality of opportunity.

THE YEAR WAS 2081, and everybody was finally equal. They weren’t only equal before God and the law. They were equal every which way…

Listening

Kurt Vonneguys — A Podcast by Cracked

This is an amazing — and hilarious — podcast about all thinks Kurt V!

Start Here: Kurt Vonnegut’s Take On ‘1984’

This episode discusses Kurt Vonnegut’s very first book, Player Pianoa satirical story about the horrors of automation.

I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center. -Kurt Vonnegut, Player Piano

Watching

Watch: Kurt Vonnegut on the Shapes of Stories

Pondering

On writing:

“If you want to make people laugh or cry about little black marks on sheets of white paper, what is that but a practical joke? All the great story lines are great practical jokes that people fall for over and over again.”

“Novel writing doesn’t breed serenity. It is lying, you know, and the novelist has to spend a lot of time during the course of his writing worrying about whether he is going to get away with his lies. If he fails to, his novel isn’t going to work.”

On Life:

Tiger got to hunt, bird got to fly; Man got to sit and wonder ‘why, why, why?’ Tiger got to sleep, bird got to land; Man got to tell himself he understand.

Original Artwork by Kurt Vonnegut

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