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Kurt Vonnegut on the Shapes of Stories

Kurt Vonnegut on the Shapes of Stories

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The Six Main Stories, As Identified by a Computer - The Atlantic “My prettiest contribution to my culture,” the writer Kurt Vonnegut mused in his 1981 autobiography Palm Sunday, “was a master’s thesis in anthropology which was rejected by the University of Chicago a long time ago.” By then, he said, the thesis had long since vanished. (“It was rejected because it was so simple and looked like too much fun,” Vonnegut explained.) But he continued to carry the idea with him for many years after that, and spoke publicly about it more than once. It was, essentially, this: “There is no reason why the simple shapes of stories can’t be fed into computers. They are beautiful shapes.”

So it Goes: Our 20 Favorite Vonnegut-isms Today marks the release of And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut: A Life, the first official biography of the great American writer and counterculture icon. Vonnegut is known not only for his writing but also for his strong ideas, witty remarks, and delightful irreverence, both in his novels and in speeches and commentary. To celebrate the occasion of his first biography, whose title itself is quoted from the repeated refrain in Vonnegut classic Slaughterhouse Five, we’ve compiled a list of the twenty best things Kurt Vonnegut has ever said — according to us, at least. Since the choice quotes from his novels and short stories verge on endless, we’ve limited ourselves to declarations made in nonfiction essays, interviews, and speeches. Click through to read some hilarious, deep, and snarky missives from one of the greatest writers of all time, and let us know if we’ve missed any of your favorite quotables in the comments. “I apologize because of the terrible mess the planet is in.

Tradition and the Individual Talent by T. S. Eliot Introduction Often hailed as the successor to poet-critics such as John Dryden, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Matthew Arnold, T.S. Eliot’s literary criticism informs his poetry just as his experiences as a poet shape his critical work. A Story Li-Young Lee was born in 1957 in Jakarta, Indonesia, to Chinese parents. His father had been a personal physician to Mao Zedong while in China, and relocated the family to Indonesia, where he helped found Gamaliel University. In 1959, the Lee family fled the country to escape anti-Chinese sentiment and after a five-year trek through Hong Kong, Macau, and Japan, they settled in the United States in 1964. Lee attended the Universities of Pittsburgh and Arizona, and the State University of New York at Brockport.

List of narrative techniques - Wikipedia A narrative technique, also known, more narrowly for literary fictional narratives, as a literary technique, literary device, or fictional device, is any of several specific methods the creator of a narrative uses to convey what they want[1]—in other words, a strategy used in the making of a narrative to relay information to the audience and, particularly, to "develop" the narrative, usually in order to make it more complete, complicated, or interesting. Literary techniques are distinguished from literary elements, which exist inherently in works of writing. Setting[edit] Plots[edit] Perspective[edit] The Lasting Charm of Kurt Vonnegut on New Generations of Readers Kurt Vonnegut’s humor, honesty, and fresh ways of seeing things have always made him a favorite of young people. I remember back in the late sixties, before Slaughterhouse Five made him rich and famous, college students were carrying around dog-eared copies of Cat’s Cradle, a novel in which he playfully invents a fictitious new religion, foresees a way the world could end, and introduces new words that strike a chord of satiric truth (a “Granfalloon” is a proud and meaningless association of people; examples cited are The Communist Party, The Daughters of the American Revolution, and General Electric.) Buy The Book Few writers are able — or willing — to take on the most serious issues (e.g. the end of the world) and write about them with humor as well as insight.

10 of the Greatest Essays on Writing Ever Written If there’s one topic that writers can be counted on to tackle at least once in their working lives, it’s writing itself. A good thing too, especially for all those aspiring writers out there looking for a little bit of guidance. For some winter inspiration and honing of your craft, here you’ll find ten great essays on writing, from the classic to the contemporary, from the specific to the all-encompassing. Note: there are many, many, many great essays on writing. Bias has been extended here to personal favorites and those available to read online. Also of note but not included: full books on the subject like Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird, Stephen King’s On Writing, and Ron Carlson’s Ron Carlson Writes a Story, or, in a somewhat different sense, David Shields’ Reality Hunger, for those looking for a longer commitment.

A Black Girl’s Encounter With The Prison Industrial Complex Pretty Sparkly Things: A Black Girl’s Encounter With The Prison Industrial Complex by Tanisha C. Ford | special to NewBlackMan (in Exile) | The Feminist Wire I love clothes. I always have. As a black girl coming of age in the early 1990s, I was up on all the adornment trends: from asymmetrical haircuts and Cross Colours jeans to neckties and button down shirts (a la Boyz II Men). Elements of Suspense in Writing: 6 Secret to Creating and Sustaining Suspense Thriller writing? Mystery writing? Literary fiction?