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Essential Vonnegut Interviews

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Over the course of Kurt Vonnegut's career as a writer, he sat down many times with radio host and interviewer Walter James Miller to conduct in-depth discussions of his work and the world. Now Caedmon has collected the best of these interviews on CD for the first time. This is the perfect audio collection for the Vonnegut fan who wants to understand the writer as he was, i ...more
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Published November 28th 2006 by Caedmon
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Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
Really short interviews. I love Vonnegut, but this wasn't a great interview. It seemed more about the interviewer than Vonnegut. Still, it was a cool opportunity to hear Vonnegut's voice, after having heard his writerly voice so much.
Jun 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
“Essential Vonnegut Interviews” is comprised of three fine (albeit short) talks with the author, conducted by Walter James Miller over the course of more than three decades. The first interview focuses largely on Vonnegut's 1969 novel “Slaughterhouse-Five,” while the second (and best) is on his autobiographical “Palm Sunday,” from 1981, and the last is on “A Man Without a Country,” his political manifesto from 2005. Miller comes off as a bit pompous at times – I hardly think Vonnegut needs his o ...more
Jan 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Really, this was just a tease. They have 30 years worth of interviews and they only gave me one disc? I've not read a ton of Vonnegut and much of what they discussed I hadn't but it didn't matter. This man is just plain fascinating to listen to. I can't give it the 5th star because I just didn't really care for the interviewer. I don't really know him and I'm sure he's quite impressive in his own right but he came across as sort of pathetic and fawning.
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Jun 04, 2016 rated it liked it
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Sample quote from Kurt Vonnegut on the topic of creating social supports: “I would simply like people to have more friends and relatives than they do. And as more and more Americans realize that the government can’t do a hell of a lot for them and begin to organize their neighborhoods, they are in fact creating extended families. These people needn’t really be relatives.”
Jun 18, 2010 rated it liked it
3 half hour interviews spanning 3 decades! It is great if you love Vonnegut, but it is way too short to be life changing! Totally worth the time to hear him reflect on his work over the years as well as the current state of affairs in the world.
Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Kurt Vonnegut, Junior was an American novelist, satirist, and most recently, graphic artist. He was recognized as New York State Author for 2001-2003.

He was born in Indianapolis, later the setting for many of his novels. He attended Cornell University from 1941 to 1943, where he wrote a column for the student newspaper, the Cornell Daily Sun. Vonnegut trained as a chemist and worked as a journali
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