A while back I linked to a story about Kurt Vonnegut’s playful story shapes, which plot traditional stories onto an x/y axis, with happiness on the y and time on the x. Turns out there’s a video of Vonnegut’s talk, whichÂ Open Culture pointed me too.
It’s a lovely and charming thing, this video. I never saw Vonnegut speak, but the voice I hear in his stories and his other writing is right there on stage: funny, clever, wanting to be enjoyed but with an edge as well. There’s a bunch of other YouTube videos about Vonnegut, and they all evince the same qualities.
Here’s the story shapes video:
Here’s a little video treatment of Vonnegut’s eight rules of short story writing:
Here’s Vonnegut talking about censorship, and “not making a damn difference”:
And I was going to embed Fox News’ laughable Vonnegut obituary, but why spoil a perfectly nice day?