THE NEW YORK TIMES has a sweet, small piece on the opening of the Kurt Vonnegut library in Vonnegut’s home town, Indianapolis, Indiana. The native son’s birthday was just a week and a half ago, November 11, Veterans’ Day — it would have been a fitting gift for a man who was once asked what book would he recommend to a child to get him/her interested in reading:
“Any damn book,” he quipped.
Vonnegut died in 2007. He was 84.
From the piece:
“All my jokes are Indianapolis,” Mr. Vonnegut said at a speech here in 1986. “All my attitudes are Indianapolis. My adenoids are Indianapolis. If I ever severed myself from Indianapolis, I would be out of business. What people like about me is Indianapolis.”
Tourism officials hope the library will draw visitors from around the world to a city known more for auto racing than its literary scene.