Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Critical Insights Kurt Vonnegut

Critical Insights: Kurt VonnegutEditor: Rob Tally

ISBN: 978-1-4298-3832-0
Print List Price: $85

e-ISBN: 978-1-4298-3848-1
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April 2013 · 1 volume · 300 pages · 6"x9"

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Critical InsightsKurt Vonnegut
Outstanding, in-depth scholarship by renowned literary critics; great starting point for students seeking an introduction to Vonnegut and the critical discussions surrounding his work. 

Critical acclaim eluded Kurt Vonnegut until Slaughterhouse-Five was published in 1969. An immediate best seller, it earned for the author respect from critics who had previously dismissed him as a mediocre science-fiction writer. Over the course of his career, Vonnegut was honored as the Briggs-Copeland Lecturer at Harvard University, as a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters, and as the Distinguished Professor of English Prose at the City University of New York. Through his insightful and sympathetic treatment of the psychologically and morally crippled victims of the modern world, Vonnegut earned a reputation as one of the greatest humanist writers of his time.

Edited by Robert T. Tally Jr., an assistant professor of English at Texas State University and Vice President of The Kurt Vonnegut Society, this volume in the Critical Insights series presents a variety of new essays on the popular late-twentieth-century American novelist. For readers who are studying Vonnegut for the first time, a biographical sketch relates the details of his life and four essays survey the critical reception of his work, explore its cultural and historical contexts, situate Vonnegut among his contemporaries, and review key themes in his work. Readers seeking a deeper understanding of the writer can then move on to other original essays that explore a bevy of topics, such as major thematic trajectories in Vonnegut’s work, the significance of metafiction in Vonnegut’s works, Vonnegut’s relationship with conventional Christianity, and Vonnegut’s use of generic conventions. Works discussed include Slaughterhouse-FiveBreakfast of ChampionsHocus Pocus,Cat’s Cradle, and The Sirens of Titan. Among the contributors are Ádám T. Bogár, Charles J. Shields, Donald Morse, Peter Freese, Lara Narcisi, and Shiela Pardee.

Rounding out the volume are a chronology of Vonnegut’s life and a list of his principle publications as well as a bibliography for readers seeking to study this fascinating author in greater depth.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

5 Top Regrets People Have At the End of Their Lives | Alternet

5 Top Regrets People Have At the End of Their Lives | Alternet

You Are the Everything on Vimeo

You Are the Everything on Vimeo

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You Are The Everything

From: Green

Sometimes I feel like I can't even sing (say, say, the light)
I'm very scared for this world
I'm very scared for me
Eviscerate your memory
Here's a scene
You're in the back seat laying down
The windows wrap around
To sound of the travel and the engine
All you hear is time stand still in travel
and feel such peace and absolute
The stillness still that doesn't end
But slowly drifts into sleep
The stars are the greatest thing you've ever seen
And they're there for you
For you alone you are the everything

I think about this world a lot and I cry
And I've seen the films and the eyes
But I'm in this kitchen
Everything is beautiful
And she is so beautiful
She is so young and old
I look at her and I see the beauty
Of the light of music
The voices talking somewhere in the house
Late spring and you're drifting off to sleep
With your teeth in your mouth
You are here with me
You are here with me
You have been here and you are everything

(repeat 1st verse)

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