“A lot of people have asked me if she really looks as tough as her picture on the back of her book.”
Kurt Vonnegut is always a good idea. Look at the Birdie is a collection of short stories published after his death, which is interesting because at book club last week Arielle and I chatted about the ethics of posthumous publishing. We didn’t really reach a conclusion, which is for the best because I don’t think I would be okay with this book not existing. A lot of Vonnegut’s work was published after his death in a variety of collections, and I want to read all of it. Ethics aside, selfishness wins the day. I want to read every word you ever wrote, Kurt Vonnegut. I want all of them for myself.
This collection is great. Pure Vonnegut, the whole way through (and as always, I can’t help but write Vonnegut over and over). He was a master craftsman, and I’m sure with another readthrough or ten I would discover the intricacies that went into constructing these stories. In particular, I loved “The Nice Little People” and “The Petrified Ants” – there’s something about how Vonnegut wove realism together with science fiction, without giving over fully to the latter, that will always satisfy me. It’s like hanging out with a very wise and weird old friend. Vonnegut, Vonnegut, Vonnegut.
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