Some advice from Kurt

I love this advice by Kurt Vonnegut for creating art. Some effects of that activity? “You have experienced becoming, learned a lot more about what’s inside you, and you have made your soul grow.” Beautiful.

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In 2006 a high school English teacher asked students to write a famous author and ask for advice. Kurt Vonnegut was the only one to respond – and his response is magnificent:

“Dear Xavier High School, and Ms. Lockwood, and Messrs Perin, McFeely, Batten, Maurer and Congiusta:

I thank you for your friendly letters. You sure know how to cheer up a really old geezer (84) in his sunset years. I don’t make public appearances any more because I now resemble nothing so much as an iguana.

What I had to say to you, moreover, would not take long, to wit: Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow.

Seriously! I mean starting right now, do art…

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3 thoughts on “Some advice from Kurt

  1. Awesome! I haven’t read much of Kurt’s novels, but I read Slaughter House Five some years ago and loved it. It was one of the only books to ever make me laugh out loud.

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