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This Teacher Asked Her Students to Write to an Author. Kurt Vonnegut Wrote Back This

In 2006 Ms. Lockwood, an English teacher at Xavier High School, asked her students to write a letter to a famous author. She wanted them discuss the author’s work and ask for advice. Kurt Vonnegut (1922 – 2007) was the only one to write back and his advice is worth reading. 

Dear Xavier High School, and Ms. Lockwood, and Messrs Perin, McFeely, Batten, Maurer and Congiusta:

I thank you for your friendly letters. You sure know how to cheer up a really old geezer (84) in his sunset years. I don’t make public appearances any more because I now resemble nothing so much as an iguana.

What I had to say to you, moreover, would not take long, to wit: Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow.

Seriously! I mean starting right now, do art and do it for the rest of your lives. Draw a funny or nice picture of Ms. Lockwood, and give it to her. Dance home after school, and sing in the shower and on and on. Make a face in your mashed potatoes. Pretend you’re Count Dracula.

Here’s an assignment for tonight, and I hope Ms. Lockwood will flunk you if you don’t do it: Write a six line poem, about anything, but rhymed. No fair tennis without a net. Make it as good as you possibly can. But don’t tell anybody what you’re doing. Don’t show it or recite it to anybody, not even your girlfriend or parents or whatever, or Ms. Lockwood. OK?

Tear it up into teeny-weeny pieces, and discard them into widely separated trash recepticals. You will find that you have already been gloriously rewarded for your poem. You have experienced becoming, learned a lot more about what’s inside you, and you have made your soul grow.

God bless you all!

Kurt Vonnegut

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oh-it-hurts-to-be-this-good:

fairly certain this could be the only actual, physical, fully working version anywhere of the chess clock that graces the cd cover of YFW. now in the cherished (i hope!) possession of a fellow true Brand New fan. ^^

oh-it-hurts-to-be-this-good:

fairly certain this could be the only actual, physical, fully working version anywhere of the chess clock that graces the cd cover of YFW. now in the cherished (i hope!) possession of a fellow true Brand New fan. ^^

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rinkokawauchi:

Danielが事務所に来たのでちょうどうちの本棚を見に来たNicoを紹介してしばしおしゃべり。こうやって自然に人と人が出会う場をつくりたかったのだな、とふと俯瞰して思う。

rinkokawauchi:

Danielが事務所に来たのでちょうどうちの本棚を見に来たNicoを紹介してしばしおしゃべり。こうやって自然に人と人が出会う場をつくりたかったのだな、とふと俯瞰して思う。

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Mia Jane-Harris creates absolutely stunning close-up photographs of medical specimens of human cadavers in her series “Your Corpse is Beautiful” and shows us just how beautiful death can be.

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nosdrinker:

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