Kurt Vonnegut Talks to the Dead

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

As part of WNYC's 90th anniversary celebration, Marty Goldensohn, former WNYC news director, shares excerpts from the station's 1998 series "Reports on the Afterlife." It's based on Vonnegut's book God Bless You Dr. Kevorkian, a fictionalized account of interviews with recently deceased people.


Marty Goldensohn

Comments [5]

Sari from Manhattan

In 1982 I was an 18-year-old girl and involved with a wild 18-year-old musician. He would sit on my fire escape late at night, naked, in contemplation, playing his guitar. One night while staring into the darkness, guitar In hand, he stopped aprubtly and started monologuing. His seemingly free-flow thoughts were ironic, philosophic, deep, poetic and brilliantly funny. I thought he was an absolute GENIUS and very exciting. I was crazy about him.
A few months later I read EVERY SINGLE WORD in a Kurt Vonnegut book.

Jul. 08 2014 11:38 AM
Tony from Canarsie

"All persons, living and dead, are purely coincidental." -- "Timequake" (1997)

So it goes.

Jul. 08 2014 11:21 AM
Judith Pack from Red Bank, NJ

Oh, thank you for this!

Vonnegut is one of the few people I would consider a hero throughout my life (I'm 68 yrs. old). I'd like to think of him farting and tap dancing somewhere in the universe!

Jul. 08 2014 11:21 AM
genejoke from Brooklyn

Thank you for sharing the Vonnegut brilliance. Really enjoying this!

Jul. 08 2014 11:19 AM
suzinne from bronx

Used to see Kurt Vonnegut regularly with his granddaughter @ the Crystal Pavilion at 805 Third Avenue where I ate lunch during my work day. Never approached him, but knew it was him on sight - was he extremely TALL with that mop of thick hair! - that it was in fact the genuine article.

Jul. 08 2014 11:19 AM

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