Pity the Reader - On Writing with Style

Author(s): Kurt Vonnegut; Suzanne McConnell

Etymology

Kurt Vonnegut used to like to say, "Practicing an art form is a way to grow your soul." He would screw up his lips into a prune face after he said this because of how important he believed this idea to be. Pity the Reader is the very embodiment of that idea, a book about writing and life and why the two go together.

It includes rare photos and reproductions, Vonnegut's own account in his own words of how he became a writer and why it matters, and previously untold stories by and about Vonnegut as teacher and friend.

It turns out he was generous to a fault about students' writing, idiosyncratic, a bit tortured and always creative as a teacher, and here in this book that portrait becomes our gateway into getting to know Kurt Vonnegut better than we ever have before as a human being.

Vonnegut recounts that his favorite work of art among all those his children produced "so far" is a letter his daughter Nanette wrote to a disgruntled customer, after he had tormented a new waitress at the restaurant where she had just started working, and then he shares the letter with us. Thus he illustrates his first writing rule: "Find a subject you care about." This book is full of such rare, intimately teachable moments, and they add up to something special. Pity the Reader indeed.

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General Fields

  • : 9781644210215
  • : Seven Stories Press
  • : Seven Stories Press
  • : October 2020
  • : 1.125 Inches X 6 Inches X 9 Inches
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Kurt Vonnegut; Suzanne McConnell
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 813.54
  • : 448