Monday March 1st, 2010

Big in Medicine Hat

The Paris Review has posted an interview with Kurt Vonnegut. It appears in the first volume of The Paris Review Interviews. (If you don’t own it—and its three companion volumes—you really should.)

The interview begins with a lengthy examination of his wartime experience, which is worth reading in full. And it continues with a steady stream of Vonnegutness:

VONNEGUT: Now, judging from the reviews my latest book, Slapstick, has received, people would like to bounce me out of the literary establishment—send me back where I came from.

INTERVIEWER: There were some bad reviews?

VONNEGUT: Only in The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, The New York Review of Books, The Village Voice, and Rolling Stone. They loved me in Medicine Hat.

(Via The Rumpus)