Monday, January 7, 2013

Vonnegut’s Letters, Hard Edged Machines, Hard Edged Ideas




The collection of Kurt Vonnegut’s letters is Here . They’re wonderful, and well selected, and provide a fascinating path from one end of a life to the other.


  1. You make an interesting point about Vonnegut's "anvil" and that he had his limits with it.

    I have recently begun "testing" some of the typewriters in my collection for Writing Longevity, i.e. seeing how they feel after typing many pages of text. I am somewhat disappointed to find that many of them stop feeling comfortable to type on after 8 pages or so.

    As for Salinger, I suppose it is better to have written one wildly best-selling novel than none at all. It sounds like he was able to survive for many years after "Catcher"'s publication.

  2. I know. There's no arguing with success, and all of that. It's just a shame that he spent so much of his life alienating all the people his work meant so much to.