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|              Quick Index to Frequently Asked Questions               |

1. Who is Kurt Vonnegut?
2. What has he written?
3. How can I write to Him?
4. Is he on the net?   Does he read this newsgroup?
5. What about his uncollected short stories?
6. All right then, so who wrote "Venus on the Half-Shell"?
7. Can someone tell me where to find "Canary in a Cathouse"?
8. Where can I find "Hal Irwin's Magic Lamp"?
9. Who is Kilgore Trout?
10. Can you name any resources for finding rare and used Vonnegut books?
11. Didn't Vonnegut write a book using the name "Kilgore Trout" as a
12. What is "Timequake"?
13. What is "The Eden Express"?
14. What books have been written about Vonnegut?
15. Have any bands been influenced by Vonnegut's writing?
16. Where's the "flying fuck" quote from?
17. What movies been made from his books?
18. Isn't there a new movie coming out based on "Mother Night"?
19. Has Vonnegut been in any movies?
20. Are there any World Wide Web sites about Vonnegut?
21. What has been the funniest post to a.b.k-v to date?

|                        And Now: The Answers!                         |

1.  Who is Kurt Vonnegut?

    Kurt Vonnegut was born on Armistice Day (November 11, 1922 - or
    Veterans Day, as we call it now [read "Mother Night" by KV for more on
    Armistice Day]) in Indianapolis, Indiana.   He is, among other things, a
    writer of science fiction and satire (and the occasional dictionary
    review).   A true master of contemporary American literature, he is the
    author of eighteen highly acclaimed books, and dozens of short stories and
    essays.   Among his most known works are "The Sirens of Titan" (1959,)
    "Cat's Cradle" (1963,) and "Slaughterhouse-Five" (1969).

2.  What has he written?

    Here, in chronological order, is a complete bibliography of Vonnegut's
    books published in the U.S. and England (not counting foreign language
    editions, or uncollected short stories).  This list is as posted
    by John Dinsmore (

    All codes (e.g. AA1) refer to entires in the authoritative Pieratt &
    Klinkowitz author bibliography (Archon, 1987).

    Untermeyer, Louis, & Ralph E. Shikes, eds. The Best Humor Annual. Holt,
    1951. 1st ed.
    KV's first published appearance in book format.  "$3.50" front flap.
    Yellow cloth boards / printed dj.  KV's story "Epicac," reprinted from
    Collier's, an early computer-related piece.  Other authors in anthology:
    John Lardner, H. Allen Smith, Roger Price, Red Smith, James Thurber, Ogden
    Nash, Russell Lynes, Roger Angell, Peter deVries, Robert Ruark, S.J.

    Player Piano.
    1st trade ed.  Scribner's, 1952. 1st print: 7,600cc. AA1
         "A" and Scribner's seal at copyright page.  Advance Review Copies:
    25-30cc  (est.)
    1st Brit. ed.  L, Macmillan, 1953.  2,000 to 3,000cc printed (1,000
    pulped)  AA10
    Bantam pap. edition, 1954.  retitled:  Utopia 14.  248,000cc.   AA3
    reedition. Holt, Rinehart, & Winston. 1966.  single print: 4,000cc.  AA4

    The Sirens of Titan.
    1st trade ed.  Dell, 1959. (pap. orig.)   single print: 177,500cc.  AB1
    Reedition of 1st ed.  Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1961. 2,500cc.  cloth/dj
    Reprint ed. of 1st ed.  Dell, 1966.  201,703cc. wraps.   AB3
    1st Brit. ed.  L, Gollancz, 1962. 3 impressions, 1962.  AB7

    Canary In A Cathouse.
    1st trade ed.  Fawcett, 1961.  Original Gold Medal Collection. wraps.
    175,000cc.  AC1

    Mother Night.
    1st trade ed.  Fawcett, 1962.  Original Gold Medal Collection. wraps.
    175,000cc.  AD1
    Harper & Row, 1966.  single print: 5,500cc.  (1st ed. in cloth/dj)   AD2
    Avon edition, 1967. wraps.   AD3
    1st Brit. ed.  L, Cape, 1968.  AD6

    Cat's Cradle.
    1st trade ed.  Holt, Rinehart, Winston, 1963.  1st print: 6,000cc.  AE1
    1st Brit. ed.  L, Gollancz, 1963.    AE9

    God Bless You Mr. Rosewater.
    1st trade ed.  Holt, Rinehart, Winston, 1965. 1st print: 6,000cc.  AF1
    1st Brit. ed.  L, Cape, 1965.   AF8

    Welcome to the Monkey House.
    1st trade ed.  Delacorte, 1968.  5,000cc    AG1
    1st Brit. ed.  L, Cape, 1969.   AG4

    1st trade ed.  Delacorte, 1969. 1st print: 10,000cc.  Uncorrected Proofs:
    39cc.  AH1
    1st Brit. ed.  L, Cape, 1970.  AH8
    Franklin Library, 1978. 25,000cc. sgd./leather/box.  AH7

    Happy Birthday, Wanda June.
    1st trade ed.  Delacorte, 1971. 1st print: 3,000cc.  AI1
    1st Brit. ed.  L, Cape, 1972.  AI5

    Between Time and Timbuktu. Based on Vonnegut materials, with foreword
    (only) by KV.
    1st trade ed.  Delacorte, 1972.  AJ1
    1st Brit. ed.  L, Panther, 1975. pbo. AJ3

    Breakfast of Champions.
    1st trade ed.  Delacorte, 1973. 1st print: 100,000cc.  AK1
    1st Brit. ed.  L, Cape, 1973. 1st print: 8,500cc.  AK7

    Wampeters Foma Granfalloons.
    1st trade ed.  Delacorte, 1974. 1st print: 20,000cc.  AL1
    1st Brit. ed.  L, Cape, 1975.  1st print: 3,000cc   AL4

    Slapstick; Or, Lonesome No More!
    1st trade ed.  Delacorte, 1976.  1st print: 85,000cc.  AM1
    Ltd. signed ed.  Delacorte, 1976.  250cc no./sgd./slipcase.  AM2
    1st Brit. ed.  L, Cape, 1976.  1st print: 7,500cc.   AM5
    Franklin Library, 1976.  sgd./leather/box.

    1st trade ed.  Delacorte, 1979. 1st print: 90,700cc.  AN1
    Ltd. signed ed.  Delacorte, 1979.  500cc no./sgd./slipcase.   AN2
    1st Brit. ed.  L, Cape, 1979.  1st print: 7,500cc.  AN7

    Sun Moon Star.
    1st trade ed.  Harper & Row, 1980. illus. Ivan Chermayeff. AO1
    1st Brit. ed.  L, Hutchinson, 1980.  AO2

    Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage.
    1st trade ed.  Delacorte, 1981.  1st print: 69,500cc.  AP1
    Ltd. signed ed.  Delacorte, 1981.  500cc no./sgd./slipcase.   AP2
    1st Brit. ed.  L, Cape, 1981.  1st print: 5,000cc. AP6

    Deadeye Dick.
    1st trade ed.  Delacorte, 1982. 1st print: 100,000cc.  AQ1
    Ltd. signed ed.  Delacorte, 1982. 350cc no./sgd./slipcase.   AQ2
    1st Brit. ed.  L, Cape, 1983.  1st print: 10,000cc.  AQ7

    Fates Worse Than Death.  L, Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation, 1982.
    pamphlet. AR1

    Nothing Is Lost Save Honor.  Jackson, Mississippi, Nouveau Press, 1985.
    Ltd. ed. of  40cc no./sgd.  quarter bound cloth
    Ltd. ed. of 300cc no./sgd. half bound goatskin

    1st trade ed.  Delacorte, 1985.  AT1 (final "A" entry in Pieratt &
    Klinkowitz bibliography)
    Ltd. signed ed.  Delacorte, 1985.  500cc no./sgd./slipcase.
    Franklin Library, 1985.  sgd./leather.  precedes trade ed.
    1st Brit. ed.  L, Cape, 1985.

    1st trade ed.  Delacorte,1987.
    Ltd. signed ed.  Delacorte, 1987.  500cc no./sgd./slipcase.
    Franklin Library, 1987.  sgd./leather.
    1st Brit. ed.  L, Cape, 1988.

    Who Am I This Time? For Romeos & Juliets.  Minneapolis, Redpath Pres,
    1987. plastic sleeve.  illus. Barry Blitt.   story first pub. in Monkey

    Hocus Pocus.
    1st trade ed.  Putnam, 1990.
    Ltd. signed ed.  Putnam, 1990.  250cc no./sgd./slipcase.
    Franklin Library, 1990.  sgd./leather.
    1st Brit. ed.  L, Cape, 1990.

    Fates Worse Than Death.
    1st trade ed.  Putnam, 1991.
    Ltd. signed ed.  Putnam, 1991.  200cc no./sgd./slipcase.

    Timequake. Work-in-progress.  To be published by Putnam in 1995?

3.  How can I write to Him?

    I'm told he can be reached at this address:

        Kurt Vonnegut
        c/o Donald Farber
        Farber Rich and Simmons
        150 E. 58th St,
        New York, NY 10155

4. Is he on the net?   Does he read this newsgroup?

    Perhaps in keeping with his take on technology as presented in "Player
    Piano" and others of his novels, Kurt doesn't seem to be at all into
    "this internet thing."   Not completely unexpected, really.   Thanks
    to our own John Dinsmore, though, he has read this FAQ (version 2.0,) and
    had this to say about it, in a letter dated Nov 5, 1995:

      "The internet stuff is spooky. I am of course not on line.    
       I do remember ham radio operators though, usually in attics or
       basements, pallid, unsociable, and obsessed, inhabiting a     
       spirit world, and harmless."

    Way off.   Doesn't sound like me at all.   Nope.   Nuh-uh.   No way.
    My computer is in a room on the *ground floor*, thank you very much!

5.  What about his *uncollected* short stories?

    Vonnegut has written many many short stories for a wide variety of
    magazines and newspapers.  His book "Welcome to the Monkey House" is a
    collection of only 22 of his "best."  Here is the list from Klinkowitz and
    Somer "The Vonnegut Statement" (1973) of as many of his other stories as
    they were able to discover.   Vonnegut has said that there are still a
    few that these two guys weren't able to find out about (and he hopes they
    never do,) but I'd say this is about as complete a list as we're going to
    get for now.   :-)
    This was posted by William J. Herbst (

    "Ambitious Sophomore" Sat. Eve. Post (May,1,1954)
    "Any Reasonable Offer" Collier's (1/19/52)
    "Bagombo Snuff Box" Cosmopolitan (10/54)
    "The Boy who Hated Girls" Sat. Eve. Post (3/31/56)"
    "Custom-Made Bride" Sat. Eve. Post (3/27/54)
    "Find Me a Dream" Cosmopolitan (2/61)
    "Lovers Anonymous" Redbook (10/63)
    "Mnemonics" Collier's (4/28/51)
    "A Night for Love" Sat. Eve. Post (11/23/57)
    "The No-Talent Kid" Sat. Eve. Post (10/25/52)
    "The Package" Collier's (7/26/52)
    "POOR Little Rich Town" Collier's (10/25/52)
    "The Powder Blue Dragon" Cosmopolitan (11/54)
    "A Present for Big Nick" Argosy (10/54)
    "Runaways" Sat. Eve. Post (4/15/61)
    "Souvenir" Argosy (10/52)
    "Thanasphere" Collier's (9/2/50)
    "This Son of Mine..." Sat. Eve. Post (8/18/56)
    "2BRO2B" Worlds of If (1/62)
    "Unpaid Consultant" Cosmopolitan (3/55)

6.  Who wrote "Venus on the Half-Shell"?

    This has been by far the most frequently asked question of the newsgroup.
    The book is attributed to Kilgore Trout, a fictional author appearing in
    many of Vonnegut's works.   In actuality, the book was written by Philip
    Jose-Farmer.   There have been reports from numerous sources that this is
    the case, and that Vonnegut and Jose-Farmer themselves have each
    identified Jose-Farmer as the real author.   No, Kurt didn't write it.
    No, Kilgore Trout is not a real person.   A later publication of the work
    even correctly names Jose-Farmer as the author.   If you're looking
    for it, I'd recommend looking under both the names Trout and Jose-Farmer;
    if you find it under Vonnegut, it's been misfiled.

    On the subject, Chris A. Hall (chall@sutro.SFSU.EDU) writes:
      In the introduction to his story "The Phantom of the Sewers" in
      "Riverworld and Other Stories," Farmer talks about his occasional habit
      of writing "fictional author" stories as a method of breaking writer's
      block.   According to him, "Venus on the Half-Shell" was the very first
      of these attempts.   He also says that that was him on the back cover
      under all that hair (actually pieces of a wig glued to his face.)

    I have not read the book, and there have been mixed reviews of it in the

7.  Can someone tell me where to find "Canary in a Cathouse"?

    Well, the short answer is "lots of luck."   Though listed under "by the
    same author" in thousands of recent publications of KV's books, this book
    has been out of print for years, and is rumored to be selling for over
    $100 a copy now.   It isn't worth going after unless you are a serious
    collector, because all it really is is 11 of the 22 stories that are also
    in "Welcome to the Monkey House," plus one extra, entitled "Hal Irwin's
    Magic Lamp."
    So what are the twelve stories in "Canary in a Cathouse"?   Courtesy of
    Jeff Rhodes (, they are:

     "Report on the Barnhouse Effect"
     "All the King's Horses"
     "The Manned Missiles"
     "The Euphio Question"
     "More Stately Mansions"
     "The Foster Portfolio"
     "Deer in the Works"
     "Hal Irwin's Magic Lamp"
     "Tom Edison's Shaggy Dog"
     "Unready to Wear"
     "Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow"

8.  Where can I find Hal Irwin's Magic Lamp?   (Or "But I've just got to read
    everything he's ever written!")

    Well, if you can't find "Canary in a Cat House" (see #7 above -- "lots of
    luck,") check your local library.   It can also be found in the June, 1957
    issue of Cosmopolitan, on pages 92-95.

9.  Who is Kilgore Trout?

    Kilgore Trout is perhaps Vonnegut's fictional alter ego.   He is mentioned
    in many of KV's books as a little known science fiction writer who is
    usually published in pornographic magazines and books with pictures of
    "wide open beavers," although his stories have nothing to do with the
    accompanying photographs.    Frequently, Vonnegut will give a synopsis
    of an amusing story written by Trout, as read by one of Vonnegut's main
    characters.   Trout himself is a main character only in one of Kurt's
    novels, "Breakfast of Champions," where Vonnegut actually writes himself
    in to his own book, and allows Trout to meet him.

10.  Can you name any resources for finding rare and used Vonnegut books?

    There is one who posts to this newsgroup from time to time.   He is:

      John Dinsmore & Associates, Booksellers
      1037 Castleton Way South     
      Lexington, KY  40517-2724  USA
      (606) 271-8042   Daily 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM Eastern Time
      current catalogue:
      Modern First Editions and Fine Art

11. Didn't Vonnegut write a story using the name "Kilgore Trout" as a

    No.   See question #5, "Who wrote 'Venus on the Half-Shell'?"

12. What is "Timequake"?

    This is still a work in progress that is supposed to be Vonnegut's next
    and final novel.   It was originally due to be published by Putnam in
    1994, but then got pushed back to 1995, and is now "indefinite."   Some
    people have the mistaken impression that it was published but then
    yanked from the shelves, or published and now just really hard to find.
    Not so.

    I read an interview of Vonnegut last November in which he said that
    he is frustrated with it, unhappy with how it's coming, continually
    rewriting this part or that.   He said that it's his last book and he
    doesn't want it to be a flop, he really wants to end his writing career
    with a bang.

    In any case, there's no telling when this will be published, or if it
    ever will.   All we can do is hope, and keep our eyes and ears peeled!

13.  What is "The Eden Express"?

    Kurt's son Mark Vonnegut wrote a book, "The Eden Express," about his
    episode with schizophrenia.   I haven't read it, and there have been mixed
    reviews of it in the newsgroup.

14. What books have been written about Vonnegut?

    Here's a list of some of them, courtesy of Mic Platt

    "The American Absurd:  Pynchon, Vonnegut, and Barth" (Hipkiss)
    "Conversations with Kurt Vonnegut" (Allan, Ed.)
    "Critical Essays on Kurt Vonnegut" (Merrill)
    "The Critical Response to Kurt Vonnegut" (Mustazza, Ed.)
    "Discrimination, Affirmative Action, and Equal Opportunity:  An Economic 
         and Social Perspective" (Block & Walker, Eds.)
         --Kurt Vonnegut is a contributor to this book
    "Forever Pursuing Genesis:  The Myth of Eden in the Novels of Kurt
          Vonnegut" (Mustazza, Ed.)
    "Happy Birthday, Kurt Vonnegut."  (Jill Krementz)
         --issued on the occasion of KV's 60th birthday, November 11, 1982.
    "Kurt Vonnegut, Fanatacist of Fire and Ice" (Goldmith)
    "Kurt Vonnegut" (Lundquist)
    "Kurt Vonnegut" (Klinkowitz)
    "Kurt Vonnegut, Jr." (Reed)
    "Kurt Vonnegut, Jr." (Schatt)
    "Kurt Vonnegut: The Gospel from Outer Space (or, Yes we Have No Nirvanas)"
    "Kurt Vonnegut, Jr....a checklist" (Hudgens)
    "Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.:  A Descriptive Bibliography and Annotated Secondary
         Checklist" (Pieratt & Klinkowitz)
    "The New Realism of Heller, Kesey, and Vonnegut:  A Study of Catch-22, One
         Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and Slaughterhouse 5" (Gilligan)
    "Rhetoric, Identity, and Morality in Selected Leter Novels of KV"
    "Sanity Plea:  Schizophrenia in the Novels of KV" (Lawrence P. Broer)
    "Slaughterhouse Five: Reforming the Novel and the World" (Klinkowitz)
    "Understanding Kurt Vonnegut" (Allen)
    "Vonnegut: A Preface to His Novels" (Giannone)
    "Vonnegut in America: An Introduction to the Life and Work of KV"
         (Klinkowitz & Lawler, Eds.)
    "The Vonnegut Encyclopedia:  An Authorized Compendum" (Marc Leeds)
         --with a foreword by Kurt Vonnegut
    "The Vonnegut Statement" (Klinkowitz & Somer, Eds.)


    "Justly Proud: A German American Family in Indiana" (Beverly Raffensperger
         Fauvre) -- about the old Indianapolis of the Vonneguts.   Kurt
         Vonnegut contributed some material.   It was due to be released on
         October 7, 1995.

15. Have any bands been influenced by Vonnegut's writing?

    Yes.   Plenty of them.   We keep getting posts to the group about various
    artists who use Vonnegut characters (and other Vonnegutian nouns) as names
    and/or song titles.   Here's the list so far:

      The Karabekians (Netherlands)
      Billy Pilgrim
      Kilgore Trout
      The Nixons do a song called "Foma."
      Guitarist Joe Satriani does a song called "Ice Nine"  (On his album
        "Dreaming #11.")
      The Grateful Dead publishes their music under their own company,
        "Ice Nine Music."   They also used to own the movie rights for
        "Sirens of Titan" before KV recently bought them back.

    There is also a band called Deadeye Dick, and Ben Colmery
    ( reports that he heard Casey Kasem specifically
    say that they drew their name from the Vonnegut novel of the same name.

    Finally, English folksinger Al Stewart wrote a song called "Sirens of
    Titan" in 1975.   Here are the lyrics, courtesy of Peter Wieriks

      Sirens of Titan

      I was drawn by the sirens of Titan
      Carried along by their call
      Seeking for a way to enlighten
      Searching for the sense of it all
      Like a kiss on the wind I was thrown to the stars
      Captured and ordered in the army of Mars
      Marching to the sound of the drum in my head
      I followed the call

      Only to be Malachi Constant
      I thought I came to this earth
      Living in the heart of the moment
      With the riches I gained at my birth
      But here in the yellow and blue of my days
      I wander the endless Mercurian caves
      Watching for the signs the harmoniums make
      The words on the walls

      I was drawn by the sirens of Titan
      And so I came in the end
      Under the shadow of Saturn
      With statues and birds from my friends
      Finding a home in the end of my days
      Looking around I've only to say
      I was a victim of a series of accidents
      As are we all

      "I adored Kurt Vonnegut, and Slaughterhouse Five and Sirens of Titan are
      his best books, so I just decided to put Sirens into a song. The line 'I
      was a victim of a series of accidents' comes from the book." -sleeve
      notes from Al Stewart on 1992 CD reissue.

16. Where's the "flying fuck" quote from?

    A favorite quote among at least a faction of the newsgroup readership,
    the quote is thought to have originated in "Slapstick" (1976.)   It
    appears numerous times in that book, and actually becomes a bit of a
    plot point.   The quote is "why don't you take a flying fuck at a rolling
    doughnut?   Why don't you take a flying fuck at the mooooooooooooon?"
    (pp 163, among others.)   But it was also found (by Kevin Brophy
    ( in "Slaughterhouse-Five."   "'Go take a flying fuck at a
    rolling doughnut,' murmered Paul Lazzaro in his azure nest. 'Go take a
    flying fuck at the moon.'" (pp 147)   This is the earliest known
    appearance of the quote to date.

17. Have any movies been made from his books?

    Perhaps the best one (according to almost everyone including Kurt) was
    George Roy Hill's 1972 "Slaughterhouse Five."   The 1984 Jerry Lewis /
    Madeline Kahn film "Slapstick (Of Another Kind)" is widely regarded as
    just plain terrible.   Displaced Person (DP) is a short film that I
    haven't been able to get any info about.   Glenn saw it some years ago,
    and reports that it was pretty good.   The 1971 "Happy Birthday, Wanda
    June," is a film that Vonnegut doesn't like at all;  he even tried to have
    his name removed from it.   As he writes in "Palm Sunday," "This proved to
    be impossible, however.   I alone had done the thing the credits said I
    had done.   I had really written the thing."  (chap 18, pp 311)   Finally,
    "Mother Night" is new from Fine Line Features, due out on November 8th,
    1996.   Read about it in question #18 -- "Isn't there a new movie coming
    out based on 'Mother Night'?"

    For TV movies, there was the 1972 "Between Time and Timbuktu" which was
    done by PBS, and also a pair of movies made by Showtime at some point:
    "Who am I this time?" starring Susan Sarandon and Christopher Walken, and
    "Harrison Bergeron," starring Sean Astin and Christopher Plummer.   I have
    seen these in video rental stores in the USA; they are both very good and
    worth seeing, even with "Harrison Bergeron" being quite expanded with only
    very basic and thematic resemblance to the short story.

    Showtime also breifly had a science-fiction series called "Kurt Vonnegut's
    Monkey House" made up of 25 minute episode adaptions of various Vonnegut
    short stories, and this even included introductions by Kurt himself.  I'm
    told there is one more Showtime tape containing four of these stories:
    "All the King's Horses," "Next Door," "The Euphio Question," and
    "Fortitude," and additional stories adapted in the series include "More
    Stately Mansions" with Madeline Kahn, "EPICAC," with Alley Sheedy, and
    "The Foster Portfolio."   If anybody has any more concrete info about
    these or any other Vonnegut related movies, please email me.

    For more info about some of these KV movies, be sure to check out the KV
    info at the Internet Movie Database.
    Maybe some of our loyal readers can fill in some of the blanks they have
    with even more specific info about these movies.

18. Isn't there a new movie coming out based on "Mother Night"?

    Yes!   It's true!  It is distributed by Fine Line Features, and is
    scheduled to open on November 8th, 1996.   "Mother Night" is directed
    by Keith Gordon, and the screenplay is by Robert Weide, who posts to
    the newsgroup from time to time.   The main cast is as follows:

        Nick Nolte          ....    Howard Campbell
        Sheryl Lee          ....    Helga Noth
        John Goodman        ....    Wirtanen
        Alan Arkin          ....    Kraft
        David Straitharn    ....    O'Hare 
        Kirsten Dunst       ....    young Resi Noth

    You can read about it at the Fine Line Features web page, which has
    a plot summary and a picture.   <>

    Bob Weide is now working on a documentary on Kurt Vonnegut which he
    hopes will be on PBS in a year or so and needs funds, and is also adapting
    "The Sirens of Titan" for the screen as well, at the request of Vonnegut.
    I for one can't wait for the new movie, and hope that these other
    projects also proceed unfettered.

19. Has Vonnegut been in any movies?

    He appears for approximately five seconds in "Back To School" starring
    Rodney Dangerfield.   He delivers an essay about himself that Dangerfield
    paid him to write.   The essay is later graded 'F,' because "whomever
    wrote this obviously knew *nothing* about Vonnegut!"  (paraphrase)

    Bob Weide also reports that Vonnegut does make a cameo appearance in the
    new "Mother Night" movie!   For more on "Mother Night," again, see
    question #18 above.

20. Are there any web sites about Vonnegut?

    Boy, are we glad you asked!   Check them out:

    Kevin Boon's Kurt Vonnegut Home Page has been growing steadily - lots of
      jpegs and some other neat stuff.

    Robert Daeley also has a thorough collection of material on Kurt, as
      well as many other authors in his authors database.

    The Michigan State University Celebrity Lecture Series includes an
      internet presence, and they have an image, a sound file, and a brief
      story about the lecture Vonnegut gave there in 1992.

    Eric Scheur's page houses the text of two of Vonnegut's short stories,
      and the full storybook (text and pictures) from KV's children's
      book "Sun, Moon, Star."

    The Internet Movie Database has movie info on Kurt Vonnegut, peruse it at

    The Indiana Historical Society houses a "Kurt Vonnegut and
      Slaughterhouse-Five" essay.

    Brian Rodriguez has a Vonnegut page with all the links, including a
      link to the Vonnegut newsgroup, and answers to a few questions not on
      this FAQ.   (yet!   :-)  )

    Marek Vit also has some interesting things, including some essay's he's
      written, and some favorite quotes.

    Finally, of course, you all must know about the usenet newsgroup

21. What has been the funniest post to a.b.k-v to date?

    Well, IMHO, it was this one, from Corddry (

    > Does anybody recognize this quote from a Vonnegut novel?
    > "Go take a flying fuck at a rolling Karass!  Go take a flying fuck at
    > the Dupraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaas!"
    > I think it was in a book called "Venus in the Half-Shell" by a guy named
    > Kilgore Trout which is actually Steven King's first pen name under which
    > he published "The Body" which was made into a great movie called
    > "Slaughterhouse Five", starring Karen Black, Bruce Davidson, and a man
    > called Rory.

    Then again, I suppose I could be wrong.   :-)

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