Wednesday, 23 February 2011

New Vonnegut Blog: WritingKurtVonnegut.com

Just a quick post today about the new Vonnegut blog, WritingKurtVonnegut.com. The blog is by Charles J. Shields who has, what MediaBistro.com are calling, the 'enviable job' of writing a Kurt Vonnegut biography.

Shields is now posting regular updates at his blog and I highly recommend you check it out! The biography, which will be aptly titled, And So it Goes, will be published in 2011 by Henry Holt & Co. Shields has revealed that the blog will be treated as a ‘journal’, with new posts every Saturday, so if you’d like to follow this work in progress, WritingKurtVonnegut.com is a must.

Readers who are interested in Vonnegut's life may also enjoy the numerous auto-biography style publications by the author, including Wampeters, Foma, & Granfalloons, as well as Love as Always, Kurt: Vonnegut as I Knew Him, by Loree Rackstraw. While the latter has received a mixed press, it's certainly an interesting read for Vonnegut 'completists'.

Friday, 28 January 2011

New Domain: ReadVonnegut.com

Just a quick note, but if you're visiting us through our old domain (kurtvonnegutsettings.blogspot.com), we now have a new, much snappier domain: ReadVonnegut.com!

The change reflects how the site has grown in recent months, as well as how we'll begin covering more Vonnegut related material. Comments, thoughts and opinions on the new domain are more than welcome!

Over the next few months, there will hopefully be a few more positive changes here, so make sure to update your bookmarks to ReadVonnegut.com.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Less is More with Vonnegut?

Lou Harry at the Indiana Business Journal  (IBJ) has entered the debate surrounding Vonnegut’s  posthumous short story collection, While Mortals Sleep. Harry makes clear that while he’s very much a fan of Vonnegut’s work, he has “mixed feelings about the Tupac-like influx of posthumous releases”. Harry of course isn’t the first writer to express such misgivings. Deidre Wengen, of PhillyBurbs.com has already suggested she has mixed feelings about While Mortals Sleep.

However, now that While Mortals Sleep has been released in the US (UK readers will have to wait until October to obtain a copy), you can now make up your own mind about the collection of stories. You can also join the debate about the book over on the IBJ website.