Between the smiles and the laughter, Vonnegut reveals himself as a latter-day Luddite: “I need a typewriter. There is no longer such a thing, anywhere.”
Such a pleasure, seeing and hearing the writer his 80th year, and five years before his death in 2007. The talk, “How to Get Job Like Mine,” meanders like the Mississippi, the river that so dominated another great American writer Vonnegut grew to increasingly resemble as the years passed.
It’s a wonderful ride, and at just under 52 minutes, it’s much too short a journey through the witty insights of a passionate curiosity joined to a quietly powerful, humorous voice.
Recorded at a lecture at Albion Collage.
A favorite line: “If you really want to upset your parents but don’t have the nerve to be a homosexual, at least you can take up the arts.”
Another: “We are here on earth to fart around, and don’t let anyone else tell you any different.”
H/T to Metafilter.