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At-A-Site Theater Celebrating the Birthdays of Dead Writers - Kurt Vonnegut, November 11, 2014

We live again when the words we wrote are read out loud to you, the listener


NOVEMBER 11, 2014

KURT VONNEGUT (1922-2007)

 

OUTDOOR & INDOOR READINGS for Veteran's Day..

Outdoor Location: 

Downtown Asheville NC

12:00am-3:00pm &  6:00pm-9:00pm

Either near Posano's in Pack Square  map link
or the "Iron" sculpture at Wall St & Battery Park Ave   map link
or Haywood Street near Malaprops map link 
or at the corner of North Lexington Ave & Walnut St map link

 

Indoor Location: 

The Crow & Quill 106 N Lexington Ave

9:00pm - 10:30pm

 

Passersby are invited to chose from a menu of 2-to-3-minute passages or short random quotes from the works of America's perhaps greatest and certainly darkist satirist, Kurt Vonnegut. Their chosen selection will then be read out loud to the passerby.

Kurt Vonnegut wrote numerous novels and non-fiction essays and seldom if ever pulled a literary punch, particularly later in life in his scathing condemnation of US policies and the Bush Administration, A Man Without A Country. He penned terms and quotes that have become part of our collective consciousness, such as:  "So it goes," "Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt," and "God damn it, babies, you've got to be kind." Also the unforgettable “Why don't you take a flying fuck at a rolling doughnut? Why don't you take a flying fuck at the mooooooooooooon?” from Slapstick...

As a WWII US soldier, he was a prisoner of war in Dresden during the infamous Allied fire-bombings between February 13-15, 1945, and as a POW, he was enlisted by the Germans to then assist in managing the thousands of incinerated remains of civilian men, women and children. He was 22 years old. Vonnegut returned to this experience many times in his writing, most memorably in his novel Slaughterhouse-Five. The title came from the name of the meat locker where he and his fellow POWs were held.

More information about Kurt Vonnegut can be found at Wikipedia or at the official Kurt Vonnegut website.

 

     “No wonder kids grow up crazy. A cat's cradle is nothing but a bunch of X's between somebody's hands, and little kids look and look and look at all those X's . . ."
      "And?"
      "No damn cat, and no damn cradle.”

- from "Cat's Cradle" (1963)


 

WWII photo of Vonnegut as young soldier

“And on the subject of burning books: I want to congratulate librarians, not famous for their physical strength or their powerful political connections or their great wealth, who, all over this country, have staunchly resisted anti-democratic bullies who have tried to remove certain books from their shelves, and have refused to reveal to thought police the names of persons who have checked out those titles.

So the America I loved still exists, if not in the White House or the Supreme Court or the Senate or the House of Representatives or the media. The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries.”

from "A Man Without A Country" (2005)

 

Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007)

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