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Book Pages: Kurt Vonegut Style

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I am happy to introduce a new segment to my blog called Book Pages. Each week, I’ll introduce you to the whimsical pages of books right off my bookshelf. Being a writer, I have always loved to read. And I guess you could say that books are one of the things I “collect.” Yes, I actually do return to some of them after reading them, English major that I am (was?).

Anyhow, it only seemed appropriate to start with my very favorite author, Kurt Vonnegut. If you haven’t read anything of his, I encourage you to. They seem like war stories on the outside, but inside they’re…unexplainable. Believe me, I’m the last person you would think would pick up a war story (no offense to war stories, they’re just soooo not my fave thing to read). Vonnegut understands human nature; he understands our downfalls and our successes; he understands our motivations and happiness. And the reading is not far out of reach either. Literary genius, if you ask me. This is the type of book that will never be considered for the donation bin.

Armageddon in Retrospect is one of the only ones I haven’t read (YET!!). It’s waiting patiently on my shelf until I’m finished with a few other tomes (and online classes, might I add). I can’t wait to engross myself in these beautifully-written pages. One of my favorite things about this collection of writings is Vonnegut’s own artwork at every chapter beginning and end. Here, indulge yourself:

His slogans are wrought with humor and politics. And completely real and meaningful all at the same time.
I’ve always been a fan of abstract, hand-drawn art, so it’s not hard for me to like these drawings.
It’s such a tragedy that the words/art that he left were numbered and what we have is all we’ll ever have.
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