by Derek Smith in New Trends on Wednesday 20 March 2013

This collection of Kurt Vonnegut’s private letters sheds a light on a side of him I never thought to consider. He writes about needing money, not wanting to work a job, worrying about his mental health, writer’s block, and I’m less than 100 pages in. It’s heartening to see my hero’s frailty and how he addresses it, not really trying to hide it from whoever he’s writing to. His willingness to be open about what it really feels like to be human is what makes his writing so rich, and never ceases to not inspire.