The book

The author

  • David Shenk is the national bestselling author of five previous books, including The Forgetting ("remarkable" - Los Angeles Times), Data Smog ("indispensable" - New York Times), and The Immortal Game ("superb" - Wall Street Journal). He is a correspondent for, and has contributed to National Geographic, Slate, The New York Times, Gourmet, Harper's, The New Yorker, NPR, and PBS.

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April 13, 2007



Very good interview. I've only read Slaughterhouse 5 & a little of some other one. I find plenty imagination, humour & integrity but I htink as Vonnegut wrote describing Kilgore Trout, & quite clearly an autobiographical point, that he had excellent ideas but wasn't actually a great writer. He seemed a kind of great stand-up philosopher figure rather than a great writer. As far as someone kind of similar but imo a much greater mind & talent, I recommend Victor Pelevin, especially Buddha's Little Finger or Life of Insects.

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