Kurt Vonnegut on Man-Eating Lampreys

Blank on Blank (1970)

“Nothing means anything”
– Kurt Vonnegut

In November 1970, Kurt Vonnegut walked into a class room at NYU. He was a guest speaker that day. He’d prepared some handwritten notes on what he wanted to say: there were his thoughts on the art of writing, his childhood, the death of his parents. He jumped from topic to topic as he shuffled through his papers. Sometimes his voice trailed off. He delivered punchlines with perfect timing. The class roared. Listening to this tape, we get to be flies on the wall that day. So take a seat, put your book bag down, and enjoy. Here’s Kurt Vonnegut.