Tag: Kurt Vonnegut

December 8, 2011  |  No Comments

Of Vonnegut’s three most famous works, Cat’s Cradle, Slaughterhouse Five, and Breakfast of Champions, the last didn’t make the author as proud as did the first two, but Breakfast of Champions is one of his funniest.  Vonnegut, who taught writing at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop (and supposedly had hell-raising parties in Iowa City), … Read More

May 12, 2011  |  No Comments

Is “Ellis Island,” the titular novella in this story collection, the best thing written on the American dream since the Declaration of Independence?

In 1981, when this book came out, The New York Times’s Anatole Broyard said of Helprin, “Nothing is familiar in his stories: he is interested only in the fabulous, the borderline between perception … Read More