‘My Husband is a Potential Chekov’

Jane and Kurt Vonnegut, 1946 (courtesy Kit Vonnegut) In 1945, while Kurt was still in the Army, Jane Vonnegut enthusiastically joined her new husband’s quest to become a published fiction writer. Married only two months, she found a New York agent with the...

‘Most Of Us Have A Place Where Our Hearts Come Home’

Vonnegut at Lake Maxikuckee _________________________________ When summer came, everything was always better. There was a second home for the Vonneguts where the sunlight put a blush on everyone’s face, and the water for swimming and bathing was pure as rainwater. The...

Tough Guy— Knox Burger, An Appreciation

Knox Burger Knox Burger and Kurt Vonnegut had been acquaintances at Cornell University in the early 1940s, when Knox was editor of the humor magazine on campus, The Widow, and Kurt was a reporter for the Cornell Daily Sun. Both had enlisted in the Army during World...

What I Found in the Papers of a Southern Diehard

Hudson Strode John Wilkes Booth In the hallways of the Hoole Library at the University of Alabama hang life-size portraits of Southern generals. Their dove gray uniforms, scarlet sashes, and courtly poses indicate that they are gentlemen and romantic honor is...

In Which I Attend Anglophiles Anonymous and Come Clean at Last

Need I say more?! (A room at the local community center visited by a somber (and sober) band of brothers and sisters at 7 pm. Three rows of folding chairs are quickly taken up. They are men and women from every walk of life. After a few introductory remarks by the...