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Eight Years Later…

…and Kurt Vonnegut is still relevant.

Kurt Vonnegut, 1940

Kurt Vonnegut, 1940. Shortridge High School yearbook.

“True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.”-Kurt Vonnegut (11 November 1922-11 April 2007)

Kurt Vonnegut Quote Dictionary Art Print by Improvisatori

Kurt Vonnegut Quote Dictionary Art Print by Improvisatori. $6.99

[A Holiday Shopping Spree for the Bookworm] Sixth Stop: Literature Lodge

I love bookish goodies almost as much as I love actual books, and reading. Being a bookworm is not a hobby: it is an all-enveloping, personality-defining lifestyle. The holiday season is just getting started, which means it is time to go shopping the literary way! Over the next two weeks, I will take you on a virtual bookish shopping spree to some of my favourite lit sites!

In 2013, we visited some wonderful literary museums. This year, I am delighted to showcase several amazing book-themed Etsy shops. Let’s get started!

LITERATURE LODGE

This shop makes two products: writer’s blocks and customizable author key chains. Sometimes, less is indeed more. They are wonderful, out-of-the-box gifts/stocking stuffers for your favourite classic book nerd.

TWO GREAT PIECES:

SHOP INFO:

  • LITERATURE LODGE: ETSY STORE
  • LOCATION: TAUNTON, MA
  • ARTIST: ROBERT SADLER
  • NOTE: THEY ARE ACCEPTING HOLIDAY ORDERS THROUGH FRIDAY, 12 DECEMBER

38 Words in Praise of Kurt Vonnegut on the Occasion of His Birthday

Happy Birthday, Kurt Vonnegut! You were, are, and always will be one of my very favourite writers and humans. Your time on planet Earth made the place better for all of us. You are missed, now and forever.

U.S. Army Portrait of  Kurt Vonnegut, 1940s

U.S. Army Portrait of Kurt Vonnegut, 1940s

A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.”-Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan

A Year in Books/Day 59: Jailbird

  • Title: Jailbird
  • Author: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Year Published: 1979 (Delacorte Press/Seymour Lawrence)
  • Year Found: 2009
  • Source: It was on the giveaway table in our apartment building.
  • About: It’s Vonnegut, and it’s awesome. Walter F. Starbuck is a classic character and this novel makes for a wonderful albeit quick (as is the Vonnegut way) read. Of course, it is always better to read Vonnegut than to try to explain his work. So, you should go do that now.
  • Motivation: I love Vonnegut-the-writer and adore Vonnegut-the-person. He made it look easy and it is never easy. The book was also free. The back cover photo of the writer, taken by his wife Jill Krementz, is one of my favorites.
  • Times Read: 2
  • Random Excerpt/Page 127: “About the young man and his radio. I decided that he had bought the thing as a prosthetic device, as an artificial enthusiasm for the planet. He paid as little attention to it as I paid to my false front tooth. I have since seen several young men like that in groups-with their radios tuned to different stations, with their radios engaged in a spirited conversation. The young men themselves, perhaps having been told nothing but “shut up” all their lives, had nothing to say.”
  • Happiness Scale: 9