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1 - Kurt Vonnegut, Writer, Teacher, Artist, Speaker, Veteran (Armistice Day)- Vonnegut born in Indianapolis, Indiana Begins writing career as a journalist. Shortridge Daily Echo Enlisted in U.S. Army Mother commits suicide Captured during Battle of the Bulge Dresden bombing Released to U.S., awarded Purple Heart 9.1- Marries grade school sweetheart First short-story published Sister dies of cancer. Vonnegut adopts her children Vonnegut dies of injuries from a fall, age 84

2 How to Write with Style 1. Find a subject you care about 2. Do not ramble though 3. Keep it simple 4. Have the guts to cut 5. Sound like yourself 6. Say what you mean to say 7. Pity the readers

3 Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you've been to college. - Vonnegut, A Man without a Country “THE YEAR WAS 2081, and everybody was finally equal. They weren't only equal before God and the law. They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else. All this equality was due to the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the Constitution, and to the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General.” - “Harrison Bergeron”

4 "We went to the New York World's Fair, saw what the past had been like, according to the Ford Motor Car Company and Walt Disney, saw what the future would be like, according to General Motors. And I asked myself about the present: how wide it was, how deep it was, how much was mine to keep." - Slaughterhouse-Five Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you've been to college. - Vonnegut, A Man without a Country

5 Videos Back to School- Censorship-

6 “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.” “I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center.” “If you can do a half-assed job of anything, you're a one-eyed man in a kingdom of the blind.” “1492. As children we were taught to memorize this year with pride and joy as the year people began living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America. Actually, people had been living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America for hundreds of years before that was simply the year sea pirates began to rob, cheat, and kill them.”

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