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RMSYL 24: Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut (read by David Shields)

“We’re all bozos on this bus. We’re all lost, we’re all confused, we’re all presenting a civilized veneer. But in our own hearts, we’re all kind of madmen in various ways. ”  David Shields


David Shields is the author of fourteen books, including How Literature Saved My Life and  Salinger (with Shane Salerno), both published this year. Also, Reality Hunger: A Manifesto (Knopf, 2010), named one of the best books of the year by more than thirty publications and kick-starter for our Reality Hunger Reading Creative Nonfiction Reading Group.

DISCUSSED: Building A Bridge Across The Existential Abyss of Loneliness; Let’s Not Get Past The Contrivance; Compression, Concision & Velocity; Enough With The Furniture Moving Already; Warp Speed Culture; Gun To The Head Prose; Vonnegut’s Jaunty Tone; The Trapdoors to Howling Despair; Clear Thinking About Mixed Feelings; Loyal To The Moment Texts; Putting Your Intimate Cards On The Table; Stuttering as an Existential Gift; The Mirror Turn Lamp

David’s website:
Read the first chapter of Slaughterhouse-Five: