Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Vonnegut , Kurt (1999-01-12), Wampeters, Foma & Granfalloons: (Opinions), Dial Press Trade Paperback, Retrieved on 2011-09-18

Memes

18 SEP 2011

 Vonnegut on Fiction vs. Journalism - Noise and Melody

I am reminded now, as I think about news and fiction, of a demonstration of the difference between noise and melody which I saw and heard in a freshman physics lecture at Cornell University so long ago. (Freshman physics is invariably the most satisfying course offered by any American university.) The professor threw a narrow board, which was about the length of a bayonet, at the wall of the room, which was cinder block. "That's noise," he said. Then he picked up seven more boards, and he...
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18 SEP 2011

 Vonnegut on New Journalism - Thucydides

Thucydides is the first New Journalist I know anything about. He was a celebrity who put himself at the center of the truths he was trying to tell, and he guessed when he had to, and he thought it worthwhile to be charming and entertaining. He was a good teacher. He did not wish to put his students to sleep with the truth, and he meant to put the truth in strikingly human terms, so his students would remmeber.
Folksonomies: vonnegut journalism
Folksonomies: vonnegut journalism
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18 SEP 2011

 Vonnegut on the Purpose of Fiction Writers

Our purpose is to make mankind aware of itself, in all its complexity, and to dream its dreams. We have no choice in the matter.
Folksonomies: vonnegut fiction
Folksonomies: vonnegut fiction
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18 SEP 2011

 Vonnegut on New Journalism vs. Fiction - Freedom of Fiction

I have wavered some on this, but I am now persuaded again that acknowledged fiction is a much more truthful way of telling the truth than the New Journalism is. Or, to put it another way, the very finest New Journalism is fiction. In either art form, we have an idiosyncratic reporter. The New Journalist isn't free to tell nearly as much as a fiction writer, to *show* as much. There are many places he can't take his reader, whereas the fiction writer can take the reader anywhere, including...
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