The Paris Review’s Interview with Kurt Vonnegut

A long interview with Vonnegut from the Paris Review which is much too short:

VONNEGUT
My books are being thrown out of school libraries all over the country—because they’re supposedly obscene. I’ve seen letters to small-town newspapers that put Slaughterhouse-Five in the same class with Deep Throat and Hustler magazine. How could anybody masturbate to Slaughterhouse-Five?

INTERVIEWER
It takes all kinds.

VONNEGUT
Well, that kind doesn’t exist. It’s my religion the censors hate. They find me disrespectful toward their idea of God Almighty. They think it’s the proper business of government to protect the reputation of God. All I can say is, Good luck to them, and good luck to the government, and good luck to God. You know what H. L. Mencken said one time about religious people? He said he’d been greatly misunderstood. He said he didn’t hate them. He simply found them comical.

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  1. Ooh, thanks! I haven’t read this interview.

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  2. We’re not supposed to masturbate to Slaughterhouse-Five…? I mean, yeah I totally knew that.

    My name is Yon Yonson, I live in Wisconsin…

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  3. In about five years, one of the few lasting memories I’ll have of college was when Kurt Vonnegut came and spoke. Truly amazing, wish everyone coulda been there to see it.

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  4. drea,

    Thank you for posting this. I think Vonnegut is brilliant, and his rationale kind of blows my mind.

    @James: So jealous.

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