Book Slapstick or Lonesome No More

Download or read Slapstick or Lonesome No More PDF, written by Kurt Vonnegut and published by Dial Press. This book was released on 2010-04-13 with total page 288 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: “Some of the best and most moving Vonnegut.”—San Francisco Chronicle Slapstick presents an apocalyptic vision as seen through the eyes of the current King of Manhattan (and last President of the United States), a wickedly irreverent look at the all-too-possible results of today’s follies. But even the end of life-as-we-know-it is transformed by Kurt Vonnegut’s pen into hilarious farce—a final slapstick that may be the Almighty’s joke on us all. “Both funny and sad . . . just about perfect.”—Los Angeles Times “Imaginative and hilarious . . . a brilliant vision of our wrecked, wacked-out future.”—Hartford Courant

Book Slapstick or Lonesome No More

    Book Details:
  • Author : Kurt Vonnegut
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release : 2010-02-23
  • ISBN : 1407053574
  • Pages : 192 pages

Download or read Slapstick or Lonesome No More PDF, written by Kurt Vonnegut and published by Random House. This book was released on 2010-02-23 with total page 192 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Manhattan has become the Island of Death. The former President of the United States stands barefoot in a purple toga around a cooking fire in the lobby of the Empire State Building. He is Dr Wilbur Daffodil-II Swain and Slapstick or Lonesome No More! is his story – one of monstrous twins, orgies, revenge, golf, utopian schemes, and very little tooth brushing. In this post-apocalyptic black comedy – dedicated to Laurel and Hardy – Vonnegut is at his most hilarious, grotesque, and personal.

Book Slapstick

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  • Author : Kurt Vonnegut
  • Publisher :
  • Release : 1976
  • ISBN :
  • Pages : 243 pages

Download or read Slapstick PDF, written by Kurt Vonnegut and published by . This book was released on 1976 with total page 243 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This hilarious, wickedly irreverent farce presents an apocalyptic vision seen through the eyes of the current King of Manhattan (and last President of the United States).

Book Slapstick or Lonesome no more

Download or read Slapstick or Lonesome no more PDF, written by Kurt Vonnegut and published by . This book was released on 1978 with total page 186 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Slapstick presents an apocalyptic vision seen through the eyes of the current King of Manhattan (and last President of the United States), a wickedly irreverent look at the all-too-possible results of today' s follies. But even the end of life-as-we-know-it is transformed by Vonnegut' s pen into hilarious farce (a final slapstick that may be the Almighty' s joke on us all.) " Vonnegut' s ongoing puppet show... that fabulous is reborn." John Updike " Both funny and sad... just about perfect!" "Los Angeles Times"" Imaginative and hilarious... a brilliant vision of our wrecked, wacked-out future." "Hartford Courant "*"The New York Times"

Book The Vonnegut Effect

    Book Details:
  • Author : Jerome Klinkowitz
  • Publisher : Univ of South Carolina Press
  • Release : 2012-06-05
  • ISBN : 1611171148
  • Pages : 232 pages

Download or read The Vonnegut Effect PDF, written by Jerome Klinkowitz and published by Univ of South Carolina Press. This book was released on 2012-06-05 with total page 232 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Kurt Vonnegut is one of the few American writers since Mark Twain to have won and sustained a great popular acceptance while boldly introducing new themes and forms on the literary cutting edge. This is the "Vonnegut effect" that Jerome Klinkowitz finds unique among postmodernist authors. In this innovative study of the author's fiction, Klinkowitz examines the forces in American life that have made Vonnegut's works possible. Vonnegut shared with readers a world that includes the expansive timeline from the Great Depression, during which his family lost their economic support, through the countercultural revolt of the 1960s, during which his fiction first gained prominence. Vonnegut also explored the growth in recent decades of America's sway in art, which his fiction celebrates, and geopolitics, which his novels question. A pioneer in Vonnegut studies, Jerome Klinkowitz offers The Vonnegut Effect as a thorough treatment of the author's fiction—a canon covering more than a half century and comprising twenty books. Considering both Vonnegut's methods and the cultural needs they have served, Klinkowitz explains how those works came to be written and concludes with an assessment of the author's place in American fiction.

Book The Upside down Tree

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  • Author : Richard D. Connerney
  • Publisher : Algora Publishing
  • Release : 2009
  • ISBN : 0875866492
  • Pages : 214 pages

Download or read The Upside down Tree PDF, written by Richard D. Connerney and published by Algora Publishing. This book was released on 2009 with total page 214 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: "India's future will be determined not only by economic development, but also by a dynamic traditional culture that continues to develop along its own lines -- sometimes in concert, and sometimes in conflict with material enrichment. India develops not, as one writer has suggested, "in spite of the gods." Rather, the seed for the creation and the fuel for the sustenance of IndiaÂ's economic boom lay in its traditions, and, I will argue, the animating spirit of its future lies there as well. I have neither the expertise nor the access to operate as a political correspondent, nor the desire to posture as a political pundit. During eighteen years of research, however, I have seen what I perceived as a pervasive misrepresentation of recent developments in Indian politics. More specifically, a number of recent books consistently paint the Hindu right wing in India as essentially fascist or theocratic. My observations show that these claims are untenable and misrepresent a positive development in the history of Indian democracy. To think clearly about the changes in today's India we require a new model: the bi-directional banyan tree, a symbol borrowed, ironically, from ancient Sanskrit verses. Pindar claimed, "Custom is King of all," and this serves as a succinct expression of the central thesis of this book."--Publisher's website.

Book Conversations with Kurt Vonnegut

    Book Details:
  • Author : Kurt Vonnegut
  • Publisher : Univ. Press of Mississippi
  • Release : 1988
  • ISBN : 9780878053575
  • Pages : 364 pages

Download or read Conversations with Kurt Vonnegut PDF, written by Kurt Vonnegut and published by Univ. Press of Mississippi. This book was released on 1988 with total page 364 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Gathers interviews with Vonnegut from each period of his career and offers a brief profile of his life and accomplishments.

Book Vonnegut   Hemingway

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  • Author : Lawrence R. Broer
  • Publisher : Univ of South Carolina Press
  • Release : 2012-07-23
  • ISBN : 1611171091
  • Pages : 256 pages

Download or read Vonnegut Hemingway PDF, written by Lawrence R. Broer and published by Univ of South Carolina Press. This book was released on 2012-07-23 with total page 256 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A study of surprising similarities in their lives and works “adds an important element to the existing discussion” of two twentieth-century literary icons (Studies in American Humor). In this original comparative study of Kurt Vonnegut and Ernest Hemingway, Lawrence R. Broer maps the striking intersections of biography and artistry in works by both writers, and compares the ways they blend life and art. Broer views Hemingway as the “secret sharer” of Vonnegut’s literary imagination and argues that the two writers—traditionally considered as adversaries because of Vonnegut’s rejection of Hemingway’s emblematic hypermasculinism—inevitably address similar deterministic wounds in their fiction: childhood traumas, family insanity, deforming wartime experiences, and depression. Rooting his discussion in these psychological commonalities, Broer traces their personal and artistic paths by pairing sets of works and protagonists in ways that show the two writers not only addressing similar concerns, but developing a response that in the end establishes an underlying kinship when it comes to the fate of the American hero of the twentieth century. Hemingway provided frequent fodder for Vonnegut, inspiring a cadre of characters who celebrate war and death. In his sardonic response to this vision of a Hemingwayesque world, Vonnegut espoused kindness and restraint as moral imperatives against the more violent yearnings of human nature, which Hemingway in turn embraced as stoic, virile, and heroic. Though their paths were radically different, Broer finds in both an overarching obsession with the scars of war as chief adversary in a personal quest for understanding and wholeness. He locates in each writer’s canon moments of spiritual awaking leading to literary evolution—if not outright reinvention. In their later works Broer detects an increasing recognition of redemptive feminine aspects in themselves and their protagonists, pulling against the destructively tragic fatalism that otherwise dominates their worldviews. Broer sees Vonnegut and Hemingway as fundamentally at war—with themselves, with one another’s artistic visions, and with the idea of war itself. Against this onslaught, he asserts, they wrote as a mode of therapy and achieved literary greatness through combative opposition to the shadows that loomed so large around them.

Book Kurt Vonnegut and the American Novel

Download or read Kurt Vonnegut and the American Novel PDF, written by Robert T. Tally, Jr. and published by Bloomsbury Publishing. This book was released on 2011-08-11 with total page 208 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The novels of Kurt Vonnegut depict a profoundly absurd and distinctly postmodern world. But in this critical study, Robert Tally argues that Vonnegut himself is actually a modernist, who is less interested in indulging in the free play of signifiers than in attempting to construct a model that could encompass the American experience at the end of the twentieth century. As a modernist wrestling with a postmodern condition, Vonnegut makes use of diverse and sometimes eccentric narrative techniques (such as metafiction, collage, and temporal slippages) to project a comprehensive vision of life in the United States. Vonnegut's novels thus become experiments in making sense of the radical transformations of self and society during that curious, unstable period called, perhaps ironically, the 'American Century.' An untimely figure, Vonnegut develops a postmodern iconography of American civilization while simultaneously acknowledging the impossibility of a truly comprehensive representation.

Book Unstuck in Time

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  • Author : Gregory D. Sumner
  • Publisher : Seven Stories Press
  • Release : 2011-11-08
  • ISBN : 1609803604
  • Pages : 368 pages

Download or read Unstuck in Time PDF, written by Gregory D. Sumner and published by Seven Stories Press. This book was released on 2011-11-08 with total page 368 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In Unstuck in Time, Gregory Sumner guides us, with insight and passion, through a biography of fifteen of Kurt Vonnegut’s best known works, his fourteen novels starting with Player Piano (1952) all the way to an epilogue on his last book, A Man Without a Country (2005), to illustrate the quintessential American writer’s profound engagement with the "American Dream" in its various forms. Sumner gives us a poignant portrait of Vonnegut and his resistance to celebrating the traditional values associated with the American Dream: grandiose ambition, unbridled material success, rugged individualism, and "winners" over "losers." Instead of a celebration of these values, we read and share Vonnegut’s outrage, his brokenhearted empathy for those who struggle under the ethos of survival-of-the-fittest in the frontier mentality—something he once memorably described as "an impossibly tough-minded experiment in loneliness." Heroic and tragic, Vonnegut’s novels reflect the pain of his own life’s experiences, relieved by small acts of kindness, friendship, and love that exemplify another way of living, another sort of human utopia, an alternative American Dream, and the reason we always return to his books.

Book American Dream  American Nightmare

    Book Details:
  • Author : Kathryn Hume
  • Publisher : University of Illinois Press
  • Release : 2022-08-15
  • ISBN : 025205413X
  • Pages : 325 pages

Download or read American Dream American Nightmare PDF, written by Kathryn Hume and published by University of Illinois Press. This book was released on 2022-08-15 with total page 325 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In this celebration of contemporary American fiction, Kathryn Hume explores how estrangement from America has shaped the fiction of a literary generation, which she calls the Generation of the Lost Dream. In breaking down the divisions among standard categories of race, religion, ethnicity, and gender, Hume identifies shared core concerns, values, and techniques among seemingly disparate and unconnected writers including T. Coraghessan Boyle, Ralph Ellison, Russell Banks, Gloria Naylor, Tim O'Brien, Maxine Hong Kingston, Walker Percy, N. Scott Momaday, John Updike, Toni Morrison, William Kennedy, Julia Alvarez, Thomas Pynchon, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Don DeLillo. Hume explores fictional treatments of the slippage in the immigrant experience between America's promise and its reality. She exposes the political link between contemporary stories of lost innocence and liberalism's inadequacies. She also invites us to look at the literary challenge to scientific materialism in various searches for a spiritual dimension in life. The expansive future promised by the American Dream has been replaced, Hume finds, by a sense of tarnished morality and a melancholy loss of faith in America's exceptionalism. American Dream, American Nightmare examines the differing critiques of America embedded in nearly a hundred novels and points to the source for recovery that appeals to many of the authors.

Book Lucky Mud   Other Foma

    Book Details:
  • Author : Christina Jarvis
  • Publisher : Seven Stories Press
  • Release : 2022-11-22
  • ISBN : 1644212269
  • Pages : 312 pages

Download or read Lucky Mud Other Foma PDF, written by Christina Jarvis and published by Seven Stories Press. This book was released on 2022-11-22 with total page 312 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A fascinating deep dive into Kurt Vonnegut’s oeuvre and legacy, illuminating his unique perspective on environmental stewardship and our shared connections as humans, Earthlings, and stardust. Vonnegut’s major apocalyptic trio—Cat’s Cradle, Slapstick, and Galápagos—prompt broad global, national, and species-level thinking about environmental issues through dramatic and fantastic scenarios. This book, Lucky Mud and Other Foma, tells the story of the origins and legacy of what Kurt Vonnegut understood as “planetary citizenship” and explores key roots, influences, literary techniques, and artistic expressions of his interest in environmental activism through his writing. Vonnegut saw writing itself as an act of good citizenship, as a way of “poisoning” the minds of young people “with humanity . . . to encourage them to make a better world.” Often that literary activism meant addressing real social and environmental problems—polluted water, soil, and air; racial and economic injustice; isolating and dehumanizing technologies; and lives and landscapes desolated by war. Vonnegut’s remedies took many forms, from the redemptive power of the arts to artificial extended families to vital communities and engaged democracies. Reminding us of our shared connections as humans, as Earthlings, as stardust, Lucky Mud helps fans, scholars, and book lovers of all kinds experience how Vonnegut’s writings purposely challenge readers to think, create, and love.

Book Madeline Kahn

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  • Author : William V. Madison
  • Publisher : Univ. Press of Mississippi
  • Release : 2015-04-29
  • ISBN : 1617037621
  • Pages : 336 pages

Download or read Madeline Kahn PDF, written by William V. Madison and published by Univ. Press of Mississippi. This book was released on 2015-04-29 with total page 336 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Best known for her Oscar-nominated roles in the smash hits Paper Moon and Blazing Saddles, Madeline Kahn (1942–1999) was one of the most popular comedians of her time—and one of the least understood. She turned out as reserved and refined as her characters were bold and bawdy. Almost a Method actor in her approach, she took her work seriously. When crew members and audiences laughed, she asked why—as if they were laughing at her—and all her life she remained unsure of her gifts. William V. Madison examines Kahn’s film career, including not only her triumphs with Mel Brooks and Peter Bogdanovich, but also her overlooked performances in The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother and Judy Berlin, her final film. Her work in television—notably her sitcoms—also comes into focus. New York theater showered her with accolades, but also with remarkably bad luck, culminating in a disastrous outing in On the Twentieth Century that wrecked her reputation on Broadway. Only with her Tony-winning performance in The Sisters Rosensweig, fifteen years later, did Kahn regain her standing. Drawing on new interviews with family, friends, and such colleagues as Lily Tomlin, Carol Burnett, Gene Wilder, Harold Prince, and Eileen Brennan, as well as archival press and private writings, Madison uncovers Kahn’s lonely childhood and her struggles as a single woman working to provide for her erratic mother. Above all, Madison reveals the paramount importance of music in Kahn’s life. A talented singer, Kahn entertained offers for operatic engagements long after she was an established Hollywood star, and she treated each script as a score. As Kahn told one friend, her ambition was “to be the music.”

Book Apocalyptic Transformation

    Book Details:
  • Author : Elizabeth K. Rosen
  • Publisher : Lexington Books
  • Release : 2008-02-15
  • ISBN : 1461632935
  • Pages : 240 pages

Download or read Apocalyptic Transformation PDF, written by Elizabeth K. Rosen and published by Lexington Books. This book was released on 2008-02-15 with total page 240 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Apocalyptic Transformation explores how one the oldest sense-making paradigms, the apocalyptic myth, is altered when postmodern authors and filmmakers adopt it. It examines how postmodern writers adapt a fundamentally religious story for a secular audience and it proposes that even as these writers use the myth in traditional ways, they simultaneously undermine and criticize the grand narrative of apocalypse itself.

Book And So It Goes

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  • Author : Charles J. Shields
  • Publisher : Henry Holt and Company
  • Release : 2011-11-08
  • ISBN : 142997379X
  • Pages : 528 pages

Download or read And So It Goes PDF, written by Charles J. Shields and published by Henry Holt and Company. This book was released on 2011-11-08 with total page 528 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A New York Times Notable Book for 2011 A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book for 2011 The first authoritative biography of Kurt Vonnegut Jr., a writer who changed the conversation of American literature. In 2006, Charles Shields reached out to Kurt Vonnegut in a letter, asking for his endorsement for a planned biography. The first response was no ("A most respectful demurring by me for the excellent writer Charles J. Shields, who offered to be my biographer"). Unwilling to take no for an answer, propelled by a passion for his subject, and already deep into his research, Shields wrote again and this time, to his delight, the answer came back: "O.K." For the next year—a year that ended up being Vonnegut's last—Shields had access to Vonnegut and his letters. And So It Goes is the culmination of five years of research and writing—the first-ever biography of the life of Kurt Vonnegut. Vonnegut resonates with readers of all generations from the baby boomers who grew up with him to high-school and college students who are discovering his work for the first time. Vonnegut's concise collection of personal essays, Man Without a Country, published in 2006, spent fifteen weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and has sold more than 300,000 copies to date. The twenty-first century has seen interest in and scholarship about Vonnegut's works grow even stronger, and this is the first book to examine in full the life of one of the most influential iconoclasts of his time.

Book Sanity Plea

    Book Details:
  • Author : Lawrence R. Broer
  • Publisher : University of Alabama Press
  • Release : 1994-08-30
  • ISBN : 0817307524
  • Pages : 259 pages

Download or read Sanity Plea PDF, written by Lawrence R. Broer and published by University of Alabama Press. This book was released on 1994-08-30 with total page 259 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In this revised edition of a volume originally published in 1989, Lawrence Broer extends his comprehensive critique of the body of writing by Kurt Vonnegut. Broer offers a broad psychoanalytic study of Vonnegut’s works from Player Piano to Hocus Pocus, taking a decisively new approach to the work of one of America’s most important, yet often misinterpreted writers. A compelling and original analysis, Sanity Plea, explores how Vonnegut incorporates his personal experiences into an art that is not defeatist, but rather creatively therapeutic and life-affirming.

Book Forever Pursuing Genesis

    Book Details:
  • Author : Leonard Mustazza
  • Publisher : Bucknell University Press
  • Release : 1990
  • ISBN : 9780838751763
  • Pages : 232 pages

Download or read Forever Pursuing Genesis PDF, written by Leonard Mustazza and published by Bucknell University Press. This book was released on 1990 with total page 232 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The title of this book, Forever Pursuing Genesis, derives from a statement that Vonnegut once made about the nature of the universe and humankind's place in it. This study applies that statement to the narrative themes that Vonnegut has treated in his career.