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This is odd, however, because if I am pinned down to provide practical political solutions, they are almost always those that democratic socialists, like Vonnegut, advocate. He is a sheep dog.

While about a hundred thousand Nigerians died, over two million Biafrans — primarily civilians and disproportionately children – perished. What more could you want from a book?

Dec 23, Stephen rated it really liked it Shelves: Nothing less than five stars will do for this one. Or if a kid got so fed up with his parents that he couldn’t stand it, he could march over to his uncle’s for a while. I began this week with a collection of essays by and interviews with the late Kurt Vonnegut entitled Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons.

More importantly, though, it is about profanation of great human ideas and iconic symbols of progress by commercialism through “schlock merchandising schemes” of advertising.

He earned his world-weariness the hard way and its a wonder that he escaped the numerous hells he went through to arrive at his wisdom. They do make us perform silly rituals and spout meaningless mantras, imparting false assurances through fanciful stories.

He grew up in a middle-class family in the Midwest. It may not have been possible for him to write passages like this one shortly after the war and after the attempted-genocide of his nation: I flew in from Gabon on the night of January 3, with bags of corn, beans, and powdered milk, aboard a blacked out DC6 chartered by Caritas, the Roman Catholic relief organization.

Good Lord we need this man back, now more than ever. View all 5 comments.

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Here Vonnegut talks off the cuff about the importance of family and community, war, the Presidential Election, and his writing. I found the Playboy Interview at the end to be the capstone of the book since it summarized all opinions presented quite nicely. I also really liked his intervi I loved this book because I love Kurt Vonnegut and reading his opinions made me feel closer to him as a person, which may sound weird, but I really admire him.


I actually thought this essay was about a fictional place. The grantalloons item that has been used or worn previously. Retrieved from ” https: Kurt Vonnegut was not a bumbling, accidental soldier wearing poorly sized uniforms, not so — Vonnegut was a forward scout and a prisoner of war who was beaten by his German guards when he told them – in German — what he would do to them when he was liberated by the Russians.

Kurt Vonnegut, Junior was vonengut American novelist, satirist, and most recently, graphic artist.

It’s a bit of a mishmash of essays, speeches, book reviews and even a short vonnfgut, but somehow it all seems to fit together. His experiences as an advance scout in the Battle of the Bulge, and in particular his witnessing of the bombing of Dresden, Germany whilst a prisoner of war, would inform much of his work. How can I avoid blaming the world and the people around him for taking him granfalloonx from me?

Foma — Harmless, comforting untruths, e. I found it humorous. It is a well argued, grim manifesto of grafalloons that contains statements like “Everything is going to become unimaginably worse, and never get better again”, where the objects of author’s sarcasm are well deserving of scorn. His review of fear and loathing on the campaign trail offers a good insight into his opinions of his contemporaries.

Wampeters, Foma & Granfalloons

The Playboy interview alone makes this collection worth reading, with Vonnegut proving once again to be so prescient. A nice collection of Vonnegut essays. If that contradictory description makes sense I found this so fascinating. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. To find out for certain what my wampeter was The inclusion of several public speeches and throwaway shavings detract from the urgency somewhat, but the Playboy interview ends the collection on a marvellously lucid note.

Dial Press- Fiction – pages. There is an implication that if you just have a little more energy, a little more fight, the problem can always be solved.


To ask other readers questions about Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloonsplease sign up. One of Vonnegut’s rhetorical strategies is to portray himself as isolated in one fomw his different regional and class aspects when that portrayal is effective for his argument. A characteristic of this short nonfiction is that Vonnegut frequently includes himself directly, as he starts to do in his novels from the s. Vonnegut trained as a chemist and worked as a journali Kurt Vonnegut, Junior was an American novelist, satirist, and most recently, granfallopns artist.

I tried to help those good students become what they were born to become, and to avoid intimidating them with masterpieces written by great men much older than they were. He may write reportage, but he is open about who is reporting and how he feels about what he is reporting. I consider Vonnegut fans as “Good Democrats” and this book, and re-reading him at a later age, have done nothing to disabuse me of that notion.

It’s a gdanfalloons of essays, speeches and an wamoeters, so it’s not entirely even, but there are many, many parts that made me pause and think. Everyone, it seems, felt something about the Nigeria-Biafra war. Ah, the sampeters Playboy was a respected literary organ! As I said — highly recommended.

See all 10 pre-owned listings. Armageddon in Retrospect by Kurt VonnegutHardcover. This collection of nonfiction demonstrates amply why so many people fall headlong in love with Vonnegut—all aspects of his cranky humanity, his unimpeachable morality, his hard-won cynicism are on show over these twenty-five pieces. He tried to trick us into paying attention, and we got our revenge by bricking him up inside his own cult following “Vintage Vonnegut!

Perhaps this is because Vonnegut always saw the big picture and could cut through the noise of the moment to point out what mattered and what didn’t, and the importance of being kind, unselfish, and trying not to kill the planet are still things we need to hear today.