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Radio Reporter Recalls the Time Kurt Vonnegut Proposed to His Wife

DavidBrancaccioPicThe keynote speaker at this year’s “Night of Vonnegut” fundraiser celebration in Indianapolis will be Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio (pictured). Ahead of the April 19 event at the Vonnegut Library, the APM (American Public Media) radio vet explained to Nuvo managing editor Ed Wenck that he hooked up with the library during a previous visit to Indianapolis and is very proud of his encounter with the late author on behalf of one-time PBS newsmagazine NOW.

Brancaccio started out as a co-host on that program with Bill Moyers before eventually taking over as the sole host. It was during that latter stage that he conducted what would turn out to be Vonnegut’s final long-form TV interview:

“He sat down with me for hours. We put about an hour of it on the air. It was a great honor. The interview wasn’t right at the end of his life — I think he was with us for another year and a half after that…”

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How an LA Times Reporter Learned to Face Death to Understand Life

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In the 2010 HBO documentary about his life, Dr. Jack Kevorkian espoused what he had learned after years of helping disease-addled patients end their own lives: Once you accept death as part of life, you will no longer fear it. Forget the rituals, the Christian ideas of afterlife. Death was the final chapter. The chemical reactions that kept your heart beating all this time ceased. In place of your consciousness, sweet, serene nothingness. Kurt Vonnegut, who wrote often about his atheism and humanism, praised his rationale — the Cat’s Cradle author even wrote a radio play entitled, ironically, “God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian.” He shared Kevorkian’s view that understanding and accepting death could help you forge a more moral life.

In her debut book The Death Class: A Story About Life, journalist Erika Hayasaki seems to present this theory through a case study.

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Cornell University EIC Shows How It’s Done

As part of its ongoing “Best Colleges in America” vertical, Business Insider has published a slide show put together by Rebecca Harris, editor-in-chief of Cornell University student newspaper The Cornell Daily Sun. Her Ithaca, NY print daily was ranked #1 in the student category for 2013 by Princeton Review.

The slide show is great fun. At one point, Harris depicts an old AP artifact that no one in the current group is quite able to identify. Looks to us like a very old wire-copy teletype.

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  • New Kurt Vonnegut book to be published- GalleyCat

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  • Washington Post’s R.B. Brenner goes Hollywood as film consultant- FishbowlDC
  • As the Boston Globe teeters, Boston.com is a smashing success- WebNewser
  • Newsweek bring Seth Colter Walls on board as a reporter- FishbowlNY
  • Vonnegut Name Proposed For 48th and Second Avenue Corner

    A community board voted to rename the corner of East 48th Street and Second Avenue after the late Kurt Vonnegut, according to the New York Sun. Vonnegut lived on the block for 40 years and was a “community icon” according to neighborhood residents.

    Vonnegut was often seen walking his dog in Dag Hammarskjold Park near the United Nations and sitting on the stoop of his townhouse, thinking, smoking, and nodding to passersby. He and his wife, photographer Jill Krementz, had a second home in Sagaponack, Long Island, but spent most of their days in Manhattan.

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  • Kurt Vonnegut: 1922-2007
  • Kurt Vonnegut: 1922-2007

    Renowned author and satirist Kurt Vonnegut died yesterday, weeks after falling in his Manhattan home. We’ll be posting links and remembrances here all day, so check back often.

    • NYT: The satirical novelist captured the absurdity of war and questioned the advances of science in darkly humorous works such as Slaughterhouse-Five and Cat’s Cradle.
    • LAT: Tom Wolfe: “There was never a kinder and, at the same time, wittier writer to be with personally … He was just a gem in that respect. And as a writer, I guess he’s the closest thing we had to a Voltaire. He could be extremely funny, but there was a vein of iron always underneath it, which made him quite remarkable.”
    • Salon: Andrew Leonard on playing chess with Kurt Vonnegut.
    • NPR (2006): Kurt Vonnegut judges modern society.
    • McSweeney’s (2002): The best jokes are dangerous, an interview with Kurt Vonnegut.
    • The Daily Show (2005): Vonnegut talks to Jon Stewart.
    • Rolling Stone (2006): Vonnegut says this is the end of the world.
    • Playboy (1973): Vonnegut on science fiction.
    • Stop Smiling (2006): Vonnegut on the melancholia of everything completed.
    • E&P: 1974 interview.
    • Atlantic Monthly (1955): Then-GE employee and aspiring novelist Vonnegut recalls days in the army.
    • Alternet (2003): Vonnegut at 80.
    • Salon (1999): Another interview.