Gimbling in the Wabe – Kurt Vonnegut and Other Little Streams of Consciousness

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A poster has adorned a room in my house ever since it first served as a nursery for my newborn son.  Printed over a picture of a gaggle of babies is this Kurt Vonnegut quote from God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater: Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the [….]

Kurt Vonnegut on How to Write a Story

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From BrainPickings: “Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.” The year of reading more and writing better is well underway with writing advice the likes of David Ogilvy’s 10 no-bullshit tips, Henry Miller’s 11 commandments, Jack Kerouac’s [….]

LitStack Pick: The Lines We Wish We’d Written

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I have a favorite line, several in fact, that have become a part of my subconscious. Sometimes, I spit them out as advice, so often, in fact, that I forget where I read them. 124 was spiteful. That’s a favorite and it’s Toni Morrison. Like Stephen King, mentioned below, Morrison’s succulent opening line is a [….]