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Vintage Vonnegut

The official website of one Kurt Vonnegut. It's even got that official website glow about it.

Oh Bio

Biography.com follows the life and times of Kurt Vonnegut. Just what you'd except from a place called Biography.com.

Lucky Number 28

Vonnegut's novel gets top honors on NPR's list of top 100 science fiction novels. Okay, it's not top 10—but it's still top 50.

Go Figure

A writer writing stuff that can be quoted? Unbelievable! Here's an entire page of Vonnegut quotations to ease you into believing.

Movie or TV Productions

Runner Up

No productions of Cat's Cradle yet—but here's one of Slaughterhouse Five.

Articles and Interviews

Re-viewing Vonnegut

The review at Strange Horizons looks back on Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle and enjoys a hearty laugh with him.

Critical Considerations

The New York Times gives Cat's Cradle a look with the old critical eye.

This Be the Verse

This New York Times obituary gives Vonnegut a fine send off.

Saying It Best

The A.V. Club counts down the fifteen things Vonnegut said better than everyone else. Considering we've never said anything better than everyone else, fifteen seems pretty darn impressive.

Big Old Book

An entire book of interviews with the one and only Kurt Vonnegut.

Two parts rye, one part vermouth, some bitters…

Sorry, wrong Manhattan. This short article details the Manhattan Project, the think tank that created the atomic bomb.

Good Talk

The Paris Review interviews Kurt Vonnegut. The conversation starts with a discussion on how he wants to be buried and goes from there.

Not Cool

When Vonnegut learned that Drake High School was burning his books, he sent them a very polite letter telling them how very unpolite they were being to him.

Video

Vonnegut in Vogue

PBS gives a tribute to Kurt Vonnegut with special guest Kurt Vonnegut. Wait, don't tributes usually wait for after death?

Dynamic Duo

Jon Stewart and Kurt Vonnegut? Chitchatting? Yes, please!

How-To Do

MissDanceButt—not her birth name, we assume—gives you the 101 on the Cat's Cradle and other string tricks.

The Charlie Rose Show

Charlie Rose does love to talk with authors, and we're glad he does. Care to guess whom he's chatting with at this link?

The Dresden Files

Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five was famously influenced by the Dresden Bombings of WWII, but Cat's Cradle and arguably all of his works also share this dark history with their author.

Want Vonnegut's Job?

Kurt Vonnegut tells you how to get a job like his and all without any 900 numbers to dial or DVDs to buy.

Audio

Audio Awesomeness

Pick up the audiobook of Cat's Cradle at Amazon. Read by Woody Allen alum Tony Roberts.

Instrumental Apocalypse

Joe Satriani's Surfing with the Alien includes a track dedicated to Vonnegut's Ice.9. Warning: the guitar be loud, adjust volume accordingly.

Images

With a Plan

Vonnegut's the man with the plan, er, book at least.

College Bound

A young Vonnegut totally rocking that sweater.

Lifetime Smoker

Vonnegut famously smoked Pall Malls his entire life in what he called a "classy way to commit suicide" (source). Sadly, it was head trauma that ultimately got him.

Inspirational Poster

Forget cats or penguins: from now on, only Vonnegut gets to be on inspirational posters.

We're #1

The first editions of Cat's Cradle in all their old-timey glory. Hardcover and paperback present because we're like that.

V for Victory

A more contemporary cover with a big-old V on it—just in case you forget the first letter in Vonnegut is V.

The Charmer

Third time's a charm. Another cover for you to admire in all its blueness.

See the Cat? See the Cradle?

An image of an actual cat's cradle because you might not have seen one if you grew up in a post-video game era.

Ancient Origins

Just how old is the game of cat's cradle? It's at least as old as Tokugawa era Japan, as evidenced by this woodblock painting. The game might have originated even further back, in China or Korea.

El Gato Gigante

A giant cat's cradle created at Burning Man. That's Burning Man for you.

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