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Kurt Vonnegut, Shape of Stories (subtitulos castellano)

  • Жарияланды 2018 ж. 13 Шіл.
  • Kurt Vonnegut Lecture
    February 4, 2004
    The Case College Scholars Program
    Subtitles: Eva Collins Alonso

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  • wtfgoogle
    wtfgoogle 2 жыл бұрын +1194

    A towering intellect and titan of literature, more than happy to play the fool if that's what it takes to entertain you. So humble and deeply human it's staggering to think about.

  • Rude Goat
    Rude Goat 3 жыл бұрын +3626

    This was funnier than most Netflix stand-up specials.

    • Madam Mim
      Madam Mim Ай бұрын

      As if there's any room for comparison. 😆

    • OGHST
      OGHST 2 ай бұрын

      Most aren’t funny @ all

    • Reginald Forthright
      Reginald Forthright 2 ай бұрын

      There wasn’t a single joke in it. On the other hand, neither is there one in a Netflix comedy special.

    • Carolyn Schneiderman
      Carolyn Schneiderman 11 ай бұрын

      Oh man!
      This was two years ago! I just happened to see it today in 2021. And it appears that people responded in a negative way towards you. Please feel the sunshine sunshine sunshine of my educated humanistic fair minded non-political love

    • Carolyn Schneiderman
      Carolyn Schneiderman 11 ай бұрын

      How heartening it is to read this, your evaluation! Darling, I am in full, multidimensional agreement with your concise statement. And I wish this were dispersed to the masses for consideration and hopefully adoption!

  • Tommy Northwood
    Tommy Northwood 3 жыл бұрын +1816

    I owe this guy a minute or two. A weekend psychiatrist let me go home from a mental hospital giving me a Kurt Vonnegut quote. "Civilization is an unnatural act."

    • James Robert Coyle
      James Robert Coyle 22 күн бұрын

      ​@City Rains I read the first.

    • Ceolbeats
      Ceolbeats Ай бұрын +1

      @Immanuel Cunt Female made🙈

    • Cvetan Nikolov
      Cvetan Nikolov Ай бұрын

      Uy has not clues

    • Vincent Gallo
      Vincent Gallo 2 ай бұрын

      @good 'un yeah I mean anyone that’s gonna quote ghandi probably has an anti western bias, yet it’s the western world that has lifted every single person out of the conditions you just mentioned, no one lives in their own waste, no one starves and everyone has access to clean drinking water, the government in most places also provides money for their citizens to live off.
      Not to mention western society has created the most prosperous era in human history, barely anyone dies in childbirth, barely any child dies because we prevent the diseases that used to kill them- or we treat them, I mean I could go on and on, this anti human nihilism ignores so much of reality to paint it’s bleak picture, it’s choosing to see the glass half empty, when really the glass is 3/4 full.
      In the last 200 years humans have achieved so many things that were once thought impossible- too many to list, billions of lives have been saved, certainly more have been saved than destroyed since the world wars, but if you want to focus on the tragedy- instead of focusing on the cause being all humans - when clearly most humans are not like this, you should instead be looking at the philosophies that have driven these tragedies because they are the causal link. This nihilism is just jejune.
      Not to mention civilised society is a significant improvement on the savagery of the past, but again this data point gets excluded from the nihilistic viewpoint.
      Nihilism is for kids, it’s like a developmental stage that people usually grow out of once they gain wisdom, so it’s kinda unforgivable for Vonnegut to be one, although he does construct a religion for atheists, so really technically he isn’t he just doesn’t see the contradiction.

    • good 'un
      good 'un 2 ай бұрын +3

      @Vincent Gallo , for most of history, human lives were nasty, brutish, and short. Also, as I pointed out to my wife while watching a medieval drama on tv, muddy, and shitty, cobblestone streets and piped-out human (or animal) waste being almost unheard of. Otherwise, although longevity, general health, and material standards of living have improved for some (not all) of us, we still treat our fellow man rather poorly. I frequently refer to Gandhi, who, when asked what he thought of Western civilization, replied "I think it would be a good idea".

  • George Ovitt
    George Ovitt 2 ай бұрын +200

    I saw Mr. Vonnegut give this presentation as a college student, in 1968. We laughed until we cried. That was a year when most stories were sad.

    • shunkela
      shunkela 3 күн бұрын +1

      @jabroKnee toeKnee Thank you for such a good answer

    • jabroKnee toeKnee
      jabroKnee toeKnee Ай бұрын +6

      @helio2k John Kennedy and his brother Robert had both been assassinated, MLK had also been assassinated, the Vietnam war showed no signs of slowing, race riots were burning through major cities, violent clashes between students and police became regular, and corruption within the Democrat party handed the presidency to Nixon… many have argued that the late 60s was the period when the country lost its “innocence” and Americans became cynical about their government (relative to the country’s previous post-WWII optimism). It’s just one period of turbulent cultural change in America.

    • helio2k
      helio2k 2 ай бұрын

      Were it so dark times?

  • Will Loomis
    Will Loomis 3 жыл бұрын +1640

    "A true masterpiece cannot be crucified on a cross of this design"

    • Quigley Jones
      Quigley Jones Ай бұрын +1

      @Jotaro97 he was saying that by maintaining the gold standard we are all perusing a goal (wealth) which is destroying us. In reality eradicating the gold standard didn't eradicate greed at all, and actually improved the US's position at the top of the world economy, but his sentiment still rings true, if society collectively pursues wealth over all other pursuits we will crucify ourselves and have nothing to show for it but empty McMansions and a sea of plastic bottles.

    • Jotaro97
      Jotaro97 Ай бұрын +1

      @Nuthine Atholl _'you shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold'_
      What a weird thing to say, honestly.

    • Ron MacKinnon
      Ron MacKinnon 3 ай бұрын +4

      @Isaac Kerr Yes, it's '...a cross of this design' (not 'its design') -- referring to the cross formed by the two axes (8:28).

    • Isaac Kerr
      Isaac Kerr  Жыл бұрын +6

      it's 'a cross of this design'

    • Will Loomis
      Will Loomis  Жыл бұрын +1

      @Mahmoud Ismail fixed thanks

  • Feedback Loop
    Feedback Loop 2 жыл бұрын +822

    that ending to the speech made me cry, the rumble in the room, all those names, remembered, and not forgotten. if this isnt nice, I dont know what is...

    • Joe R
      Joe R 2 ай бұрын

      Mr.Ray Burnett...music education.

    • Bruce L
      Bruce L 2 ай бұрын

      It's true. What an amazing talk.

    • LiveandLoud
      LiveandLoud 3 ай бұрын +1

      Same, i did too.

    • Dibuja Conmigo! De Gonzalo Paoli
      Dibuja Conmigo! De Gonzalo Paoli 7 ай бұрын +3

      Same 😀

    • Feedback Loop
      Feedback Loop 7 ай бұрын +4

      @benjamin palmer teacher cross our paths in many shapes, your father was a teacher to you even though it was not his profession and now you made it your calling to pass some on to kids who are not "your" kids but who you treat as though they were your own.
      so love grows in the world and one single act cascades into a symphony of life that even outlasts the death of the person. thank you for sharing!

  • AeroHydra
    AeroHydra 3 жыл бұрын +377

    Haha I always wondered whether Kurt Vonnegut was a happy person or not. Its so hard to tell from his books, he's so critical and cynical so much of the time but yet there's sort of crazy optimism and lighthearted humor too. Now I got my answer lol

    • Jack Taylor
      Jack Taylor Күн бұрын +1

      The true cynic is the ultimate optimist. It’s impossible to fairly criticise without being able to see the potential for good.

    • Lauren Tyler
      Lauren Tyler Ай бұрын +7

      George Carlin once said that if you scratch a cynic you’ll find a disappointed idealist underneath. Maybe that quote described Vonnegut?

    • summercoat
      summercoat 2 ай бұрын +6

      He tried to commit suicide at least once, possibly more, so he was never what you’d call a happy person, as in generally happy. KV surely had happy moments, but also lots of deep abysses of dark depression too.

    • Mr. T
      Mr. T 3 ай бұрын +3

      Indeed, I've pondered this as well. If you dig Vonnegut, check out Thomas C. Stuhr, 💀❤ He's the world's most underground author.

    • Lochlann Turner
      Lochlann Turner  Жыл бұрын +56

      I think Kurt Vonnegut is a happy man ultimately. But I think that's so much more potent because he grapples so honestly with how much sadness is in life and the human condition and how he has met it first hand

  • Shiroyasha
    Shiroyasha 2 ай бұрын +181

    He is 81 years old here. What a hero.

    • The Art School Rejects
      The Art School Rejects 12 күн бұрын

      The brain is a muscle…he had the Dwayne Johnson of brains!

    • Kev Ro
      Kev Ro Ай бұрын

      Before enduring his stay at slaughterhouse five he was caught up in a place called the Schnee awful. Against all odds he survived both and the world was better for that.

    • skrt skrt
      skrt skrt 2 ай бұрын +10

      Still sharp as hell!

  • Jeff Stone
    Jeff Stone 3 жыл бұрын +358

    Kurt was an unique mind, funny and cutting, but absolutely _human._

    • N Kenchington
      N Kenchington 2 ай бұрын

      a unique

    • Philip Goetz
      Philip Goetz 3 ай бұрын +1

      If only humans were that human.

    • Asif Mojtoba Kabir
      Asif Mojtoba Kabir 2 жыл бұрын +5

      I just liked your comment, and it's the 69th like. If this isn't nice I don't now what is.

  • Captain Bob
    Captain Bob 2 жыл бұрын +354

    I love this man. His work influenced me throughout my life. His overall point - Don't take anything or anyone too seriously. It's your life, so live it. I was working on a stage adaptation of Breakfast of Champions many years ago and wrote to him to get his permission. He was kind enough to write back to me and signed his letter with his usual hand drawn 'asshole' signature. * I still have and will always treasure that letter!

    • CalzoneTrash
      CalzoneTrash 20 күн бұрын

      @ben hoskins i go to UK! is there any chance you could share with me the place? he is my favorite author

    • Cheff Boyaryeezy
      Cheff Boyaryeezy Ай бұрын

      I am so jealous of this'll this

    • ben hoskins
      ben hoskins 2 ай бұрын +1

      He used to stay at a place on the KY river near Lexington KY to get away for a while. I've stayed there many times and there remains framed sketch of Kurt's hanging on the wall with a "Thank you" note. He must have been watching some ducks on the water when he sketched it. Its almost a duck🤣

    • Patti F
      Patti F 4 ай бұрын

      That is so awesome! ♡

    • Captain Bob
      Captain Bob 11 ай бұрын +1

      @Lords of Media I've thought the same thing. Ha!

  • BlueToad
    BlueToad  Жыл бұрын +89

    I attended a lecture by him in about 1991 in London, afterwards I had the honour of meeting him and exchanging a few words, I had read everything he'd published just about. He's the only hero of mine I have ever met.

    • Marc Deckard
      Marc Deckard 2 ай бұрын

      I have never met him but I carry part of him with me in my humor.

    • Jonathan Perkins
      Jonathan Perkins 8 ай бұрын +8

      This seems like one of those few cases where “Never meet your hero” does not apply.

  • Troy Jensen
    Troy Jensen 3 жыл бұрын +444

    "how many of you had a teacher who made you prouder, happier to be alive than you had previously thought possible"
    god, i wish that were me

    • Oliver Jazz
      Oliver Jazz 19 сағат бұрын

      @Terra Nova Rubacha Me too, I expected maybe 4 or five people in the whole audience, max. I've had a couple of very good teachers, but that bar was indeed set very high imo as well. I mean teachers can change lives without making anyone feel like that.

    • wtfgoogle
      wtfgoogle 12 күн бұрын

      RIP Mrs. Chaney, Mr. Brenton. Good health to you, Prof. Hardy. Your names are still remembered.

    • Terra Nova Rubacha
      Terra Nova Rubacha Ай бұрын +1

      Yeah, I expected dead silence in the audience. What he asked seemed like such a high bar to me

    • Paul Casey
      Paul Casey Ай бұрын

      Bob Denham. Clarinettist, physicist, champion field athlete. RIP.

    • J H
      J H Ай бұрын

      Mr Bill Morrison in Sault Ste Marie.

  • van Hohenheim
    van Hohenheim 3 жыл бұрын +132

    he ended up his lecture in a high note just as the stories he described

    • StanishStudios
      StanishStudios 3 жыл бұрын +3

      Comedy follows a story shape, like any other!

  • K Barnes
    K Barnes  Жыл бұрын +99

    I play this for my 9th grade ELA students as they prepare to start their narrative unit. His humor makes them realize that they have nothing to fear.

  • Kelsey Bartalsky
    Kelsey Bartalsky 2 жыл бұрын +175

    “we don’t know enough about life to know what the good news is and what the bad news is” thanks king 🥰

    • MiserableStroman
      MiserableStroman  Жыл бұрын +9

      Such a simple yet utterly disarming statement, and it's absolutely true. Whenever I think of that sentence I come back to watch this clip :)

  • forestsoceansmusic
    forestsoceansmusic 3 жыл бұрын +294

    Kurt Vonnegut: great man. The greatest describer of the positive possibilities for humanity, and someone who was never scared to challenge sacred cows, not just in Religion, but in 'History' and 'Sociology' too.

    • Janos K
      Janos K 3 жыл бұрын

      My hands are up.

    • oldjack1754
      oldjack1754 3 жыл бұрын +3

      Indeed. But loved the Sermon on the Mount.

  • Jersey
    Jersey 3 жыл бұрын +44

    I love this man. Have read every single one of his novels and much of his other work. He has both hardened an softened my soul. He is my favorite author.

  • Adro Gman
    Adro Gman 3 жыл бұрын +2026

    4:11 is the funniest joke he told. "missionaries, ethnographers, and other types of imperialists."

    • BCooperArt
      BCooperArt 2 ай бұрын

      @js2010ish Thank you kindly.

    • js2010ish
      js2010ish 2 ай бұрын

      @mightisright youre generalizing generic white American consumer life as "humanity" and contrasting it with a fiction in your mind, not very useful

    • js2010ish
      js2010ish 2 ай бұрын

      @Alejandro Marqués 100%

    • js2010ish
      js2010ish 2 ай бұрын +1

      @BCooperArt yes thank you, i have no interest in KV's curmudgeonly blather but do value your comment here

    • js2010ish
      js2010ish 2 ай бұрын

      @Ia Bull yes exactly thank you, the odyssey or hamlet or as i lay dying &c. would be equally idiotic summed up to a few sentences. Odd for a mediocre career writer in english to belligerently not get that. And then snivellingly cite Hamlet...

  • Grayson
    Grayson 3 жыл бұрын +55

    "Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt." RIP Kurt Vonnegut and the heavy role he still plays on my life to this day, and remember: "If you would be unloved and forgotten, be reasonable."

  • mike alexander
    mike alexander 10 ай бұрын +24

    I think Kurt was the most human any human being has ever been

  • Di Smith
    Di Smith 2 жыл бұрын +358

    'Here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why.' Kurt Vonnegut (November 11, 1922 - April 11, 2007)

    • moltimondi
      moltimondi 2 жыл бұрын +5

      He captured the essence of human existence with those words

  • Dean Keith
    Dean Keith 3 жыл бұрын +498

    I saw Vonnegut do this in the 1980's at the University of Michigan. I still think about the graph when dealing with life's ups and downs.

    • Takio Yari
      Takio Yari 2 жыл бұрын

      So luckyyyy !!

    • Aditya Mudugal
      Aditya Mudugal 3 жыл бұрын +2

      @Eric Fox thanks for posting your comment and more importantly for the book recommendation, have an amazing life!

    • Janos K
      Janos K 3 жыл бұрын +2

      The stuff of wisdom.

    • Eric Fox
      Eric Fox 3 жыл бұрын +11

      I attended the same talk in 1986 as a freshman at Radford University. I skipped classes the rest of the day and read Slaughterhouse Five cover to cover. What a brilliant introduction to genius and freedom. I have enthusiastically told the story of this lecture to many people over the years. Thanks Kurt!

    • Dean Keith
      Dean Keith 3 жыл бұрын +6

      @John Knox Hi John, Thanks for the corrected time period. I see Vonnegut had an anthropology degree, which not only informed this talk but probably the rest of his writing, I'm sure. Hope you are doing well!

  • StonyRC
    StonyRC 3 жыл бұрын +26

    What a wise Man. His chuckles as he faces the chalkboard and recounts each story are PRICELESS and finishing with the "shape" of Hamlet brings his entire point to a wonderful conclusion.

  • Haley A
    Haley A  Жыл бұрын +15

    The way he cued the music! This felt like a scene from Dead Poets Society and I lived for every moment of it.

  • Lisa Green-Cudek
    Lisa Green-Cudek 2 ай бұрын +13

    He left us with laughter and wisdom and then Vonnegut danced off the stage!

  • Rachel Hall
    Rachel Hall 5 ай бұрын +19

    I love him so much, my personal hero. Every time he speaks, or I read his work, it’s like sitting with an old friend.

  • logicalfallacy234
    logicalfallacy234 2 ай бұрын +7

    His view on Hamlet is actually one of the key differences, if not THE key difference, between genre fiction and literary fiction!
    Literary fiction doesn't tell you whether something good or bad has happened. Stuff just happened, and the stuff that happens is all kinds of a mix of good and bad.
    Genre fiction is plot driven, and works on a level where the audience NEEDS to know whether what has happened is good or bad.
    I guess this is why Kurt Vonneguts stuff is considered literature, not science fiction. The literature label is still something other classic sci fi authors like the Big Three of Heinlan, Asimov, and Clarke haven't achieved (which George RR Martin has complained about), and is absolutely why stuff like Harry Potter, Stephen King, Star Wars, and Marvel movies are looked down upon by some/a lot of people.

  • Swaroop Kodur
    Swaroop Kodur 2 жыл бұрын +384

    After having spent more than 10 years on KZclip, I think I have finally found the perfect video.

    • Swaroop Kodur
      Swaroop Kodur 2 ай бұрын

      @Richard Cawte :) :)

    • Richard Cawte
      Richard Cawte 2 ай бұрын +2

      In many years of arching KZclip and reading comments. I think I have found the perfect response to one, ( yours not mine).

    • elias owen
      elias owen  Жыл бұрын

      there's a video where bjork takes apart a tv you should check it out

    • Andrew Prahst
      Andrew Prahst 2 жыл бұрын +1

      You know, I think I need to make a top ten list for myself

    • Brownstone Custom Cabinetry
      Brownstone Custom Cabinetry 2 жыл бұрын +1

      Watch 4 minute lecture Professor Shutt. You can thank me later

  • Bubber Cakes
    Bubber Cakes 3 жыл бұрын +12

    What a wonderful person. He is one of the few authors whose works I intentionally did not read back to back so I could lengthen my time with his greatness. He is sorely missed.

  • Félix Merveille
    Félix Merveille 3 жыл бұрын +1705

    that "shit" was perfectly timed, perfectly said. most perfect shit i've ever seen

  • Rizzle
    Rizzle 3 жыл бұрын +24

    This is 1000 times better than any TEDx, both on the entertainement and information levels

  • A Citizen
    A Citizen 3 жыл бұрын +53

    I heard him give this talk at MIT in the mid 1980s. It's nice to be able to hear it again. I remember the same "Beginning and.... Entropy!" joke back then.

  • Honest John
    Honest John 3 жыл бұрын +15

    Profound, funny, educational and beautiful. This needs to be watched by everyone. I'm not sure we deserved him, but we can certainly learn much from him.

  • Edmund Colell
    Edmund Colell  Жыл бұрын +119

    "I'm an Creative Writing major, when am I ever going to use trigonometry?"
    Vonnegut: "Here's how you can make stories out of sine and cosine functions."

      KING GHOST  Жыл бұрын +6

      My liberal arts education brain: tee hee fun story time look like math wave

    • BLDJLN
      BLDJLN  Жыл бұрын +12

      The idea behind the graph was that it was an irrelevant simplification of the complex, sporadic nature of stories and how a stories are not actually based around an arch in protagonist gratification, but singular and unique ideas that convey a deeper meaning in a specific way.

  • Ni Mz
    Ni Mz 3 жыл бұрын +17

    he's so comfortably and effortlessly himself that he couldn't stop the outpour of his knowledge and humor.

  • Taki Eddine Ferrag
    Taki Eddine Ferrag 3 жыл бұрын +140

    what a genius, kurt vonnegut has come unstuck in time

    • &thenIwokeup
      &thenIwokeup 2 жыл бұрын

      From the amber

    • JakeyFlakey100
      JakeyFlakey100 2 жыл бұрын +4

      @shambho Kurt & Billy Pilgrim (look it up)

      PUNKISINTHEDETAILS 3 жыл бұрын +2

      A masterclass in comedic timing.

    • shambho
      shambho 3 жыл бұрын +5

      Taki Ferrag coming unstuck in time. What a wonderful line!

  • Paradox
    Paradox 2 ай бұрын +11

    I clicked because of the title. I gave Kurt/the video a chance, because he made me laugh in the beginning. I continued watching because of wanting to hear the overall point(s). Then finished the video with amazement that: 1) a nearly 18 minute video was finished before I realized it, 2) its topic, presenter and points were unexpected, 3) ended on a wonderful note (teacher sharing moment), 4) he kept me interested the entire time and smiling, & 5) points valid throughout and presentation memorable.

  • Cate
    Cate 3 жыл бұрын +19

    This is a man who knows about real power. What a treat to get to see him after reading so many of his novels in the late-Sixties. Thank you, Eva Collins Alonso, for posting this.

  • unclepatrick2
    unclepatrick2 3 жыл бұрын +5

    Was lucky enough to hear Vonnegut speak once and he included this routine in his speech. When he told the audience that Shakespeare was a poor storyteller, the whole room laugh for about 5 minutes.

  • Rob
    Rob 3 ай бұрын +14

    So this is my introduction to Mr. Vonnegut. I’ve only known him by his works which I’ve never had the pleasure to read. I have no idea how he isn’t on my “secular saint list” from this tiny bit of video stuffed with more personality than anything you can binge watch on Netflix. I don’t know where to start, but I have some new wormholes to start to tunnel through tonight!

    • kalsangdrolkar
      kalsangdrolkar 2 ай бұрын +1

      Read Slaughterhouse-5. It's AMAZING!!!!

    • King Crimson
      King Crimson 2 ай бұрын

      Hey Rob, it's a long time since your comment. Hope you're on the journey

    • summercoat
      summercoat 2 ай бұрын +3

      You have so much to look forward to.

  • mochi •
    mochi •  Жыл бұрын +11

    If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is. Rest easy KV. ❤️

  • Sangida Akter
    Sangida Akter  Жыл бұрын +16

    Oh god! I laughed so hard on Kafka's metamorphosis joke!😂

  • André Breton
    André Breton 6 ай бұрын +5

    This was informative, heartwarming, and even hilarious.

  • Robert Rishel
    Robert Rishel 3 жыл бұрын +34

    I love Vonnegut...the first serious book I read as a child was Breakfast of Champions which was a real eye opener for a 10 year old boy.

  • seamus heaney
    seamus heaney 3 жыл бұрын +7

    Lovely moment about the teachers that have meant a lot to us. Bless 'em all. They seldom get the credit they deserve.

  • John Stuercke
    John Stuercke 2 ай бұрын +7

    I went through HS thinking reading was a chore. In college a friend loaned me Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions and the book changed my life.

  • KeepItClassy xoxo
    KeepItClassy xoxo 2 жыл бұрын +3

    I did so much research on Vonnegut this past semester and learned so much about him and his works, particularly Cat’s Cradle. His logic and satirical commentary is like no other when it comes to literature. As seen here is a very funny and wise man, it would’ve been nice to meet in him person.

  • Charles
    Charles 3 жыл бұрын +54

    I really love & appreciate this post. It was invaluable to me while I was majoring in literature & creative writing in college and is invaluable to me even now.

    • Boomer Beaer
      Boomer Beaer 3 жыл бұрын

      @Not The Droid You're Looking For mine led to marketing copywriting and user experience writing for websites.

    • Nicholas McArthur
      Nicholas McArthur 3 жыл бұрын

      I'm studying slaughterhouse 5 now. Super interesting

    • Not The Droid You're Looking For
      Not The Droid You're Looking For 3 жыл бұрын +2

      I'm thinking of pursuing a similar major and i'm curious, where has your major led you to now??

  • B. Bailey
    B. Bailey 2 жыл бұрын +11

    one of the best human beings that ever lived; his stories followed the Shakespeare, Twain, and "primitive" model outlined on the board, and he always told the truth. Hearing/seeing/ reading truth is like finally having an abscessed tooth treated or pulled, and you're relieved from all that pain.

  • Seán Lane
    Seán Lane Ай бұрын +1

    That was great. I love his last point. Good teachers are such an invaluable thing in this world. In my opinion, if you're not actively engaged in and passionate about the thing that you're teaching then it's just a job. And if it's just a job then you're robbing someone of the joy of curiosity in life. I have been a Music teacher for a good part of my life. And to see the curiosity and wonder on a student's face, and to feel the electricity that discovering the magic of creativity brings is worth more than anything money can buy. And the good news is ... we are ALL teachers! In one way or another.

  • Zeus McKraken
    Zeus McKraken 3 жыл бұрын +4

    Ugh he’s so epic. Loved slaughterhouse 5 and his collections of stories, welcome to the monkey house and others. It’s so nice to see and finally hear the man who was so influential to a young me.
    If that ain’t nice I don’t know what is. 🙌

  • Orwellian Horseman of the Apocalypse
    Orwellian Horseman of the Apocalypse 3 жыл бұрын +104

    There are some great minds and talents out there, but do we have anyone like this now that he's gone? Not an easily replaced individual, this one.

    • patrik lekaj
      patrik lekaj 3 жыл бұрын +1

      I really like Stephen Fry

    • LeedleDuck
      LeedleDuck 3 жыл бұрын

      Tom Upton the only acceptable response

    • ToBeOr221B
      ToBeOr221B 3 жыл бұрын +4

      There will never be anyone like him again, but there will be other great minds and talents. No individual is replacable, and that's kinda a wonderful and sad thing.

    • cannabiscupjudge
      cannabiscupjudge 3 жыл бұрын +20

      We don't replace great individuals, we either build on their achievements or ignore them.

    • rickrobertbob
      rickrobertbob 3 жыл бұрын +2

      Why do you want the same thing over again?

  • Russ LeFevre
    Russ LeFevre 2 жыл бұрын +4

    Saw him do this in person while at Virginia Tech in 1984. I was inspired and it left a lifelong memory - loved his humor and wisdom. The Kafka trajectory always makes me laugh.

  • Snide Pete
    Snide Pete 3 жыл бұрын +30

    For those who didn't know yet: Kurt wrote a mess of Very Good Novels. I advise you to find them and read 'em all!

  • Cyfer Tau
    Cyfer Tau 3 жыл бұрын +72

    "If this isnt nice, i dont know what is." I just had this moment after watching this video. Thank you for upload!

  • No One
    No One 3 жыл бұрын +2452

    *Sometimes KZclip recommends me very good stuff*

  • Douglas Florian
    Douglas Florian 3 жыл бұрын +63

    Vonnegut left Chicago after his Master’s thesis, “The Fluctuations Between Good and Evil in Simple Tasks,” was rejected, and he decided to take a job in public relations. Years later, the University accepted Cat’s Cradle as Vonnegut’s thesis, awarding him an A.M. in 1971.
    He says at 3:50 "I can't stand primitive people, they're so stupid."

    • Marley O
      Marley O 2 жыл бұрын

      How do I prove myself?

    • Marley O
      Marley O 2 жыл бұрын +7

      @Dennis Friedrichsen I think it's kind of funny how triggered you are by an internet comment. I feel like when I do something subpar it makes me want to prove myself, so sometimes I'm motivated to do more. If I'm honest I haven't been like that in awhile but I like the idea of doing that. Let me live out my Super Saiyan fantasies, you Debby Downer!

    • Dennis Friedrichsen
      Dennis Friedrichsen 2 жыл бұрын +1

      @Marley O So you're one of those self-deluded people who are sure they'd achieve great things if only they put their mind to it. Super smart but just a bit lazy, right? Fuck off.

    • Bra bra
      Bra bra 2 жыл бұрын

      by the way, what is an A.M.?

    • Marley O
      Marley O 2 жыл бұрын +5

      This sounds like something I'd do. Not finish my thesis return with a novel about the human experience.

  • Mind Buddha
    Mind Buddha 3 жыл бұрын +9

    This was beautiful. Like a voice from up above guiding the mortals.

  • Dallas Jones
    Dallas Jones 3 жыл бұрын +34

    I've read him so much, and this is the first I've heard his voice. Somewhat what I imagined.
    If this isn't nice, I don't know what is.

  • MrKegg
    MrKegg Күн бұрын +1

    His comedic timing and tone are just incredible. A LEGEND!

  • MortalClown
    MortalClown 3 ай бұрын +4

    Dude brings the holy without a drop of hubris.
    What an utterly delightful human. Basing some of that on his remarks about loving animals.
    Thanks for the upload.

  • Wes Manoff
    Wes Manoff 3 жыл бұрын +13

    Reading his stories in middle school were very memorable, Harrison Bergeron was such a cool story. Even as a little kid you could appreciate how deep that story was.

    • FaCiSmFTW
      FaCiSmFTW 3 жыл бұрын +1

      that story slaps

    • glammer
      glammer 3 жыл бұрын +3

      My first was Cat's Cradle. I gave it to a friend and we became big fans. I recently gave it to my friend's son. It's our wampeter.

  • Kidraver
    Kidraver 3 жыл бұрын +10

    I had a big crush on his stuff in the early 80's always so simply surprising, awesome lecture that spins back to simple happiness.

  • Craig Ramsay
    Craig Ramsay 3 жыл бұрын +78

    My hero, favourite author, and subject of my Honours English thesis more than a few years ago. RIP Kurt.

    • Benjammin'
      Benjammin' 3 жыл бұрын

      Where to begin?

    • jx14aby
      jx14aby 3 жыл бұрын

      And he ghost wrote papers for Thornton Melon at Grand Lakes University.

    • Modern Champion Music
      Modern Champion Music 3 жыл бұрын +1

      Me too except it was a high school English paper comparing Evelyn Waughs Men at Arms and Vonneguts Slaughterhouse 5

    • Rodk Vic
      Rodk Vic 3 жыл бұрын +2

      Just watching this now didn't know he passed... so sorry 😓

  • Hoggar Krababbel
    Hoggar Krababbel 2 жыл бұрын +6

    There does come a reaction from Hamlet's uncle to the play he wrote, but Vonnegut is right. It doesn't change anything. Assuming that there is room to believe that his father's ghost was actually just a malicious wraith it's also possible, that his uncle just reacted so negatively, because the play leveled an unfounded accusation against him. Regardless of the truth, it still didn't change the overall situation.

  • StonyRC
    StonyRC 3 жыл бұрын +2

    I've watched this over and over and over and I NEVER tire of Kurt Vonnegut's wit and wisdom - his chuckles at his own comments are particularly funny. What an astonishing lecture!

  • KoiG
    KoiG Ай бұрын +6

    Para los que estan leyendo subtitulos, en el minuto 3:56 los subtitulos dicen "gente curiosa" pero el realmente dijó "gente primitiva" haciendo referencia a sus estudios en antropologia

  • 3D6 Space
    3D6 Space 3 жыл бұрын +4

    I never get tired of this story about the shape of stories.

  • Darth Creepio
    Darth Creepio 2 жыл бұрын +2

    I've only recently started reading some of his work and it's really fun to actually see and hear him.
    That was a great ending too

  • Les Goe
    Les Goe 3 жыл бұрын +8

    Kurt V. was the first of my personal literary "holy trinity" I discovered starting Senior year of high school. He was the first writer I had ever read that was actually a pleasure to read (sorry, Herman Melville). This lecture made me fall in love with him all over again.

    • Das
      Das 9 ай бұрын

      And the other two??

  • Daniel Ryslink
    Daniel Ryslink 2 жыл бұрын +2

    One of the most gifted writers of our times. RIP, mister V., you always had my admiration!

  • Alexander M
    Alexander M 3 жыл бұрын +16

    He was brilliant!

  • truk kagak
    truk kagak 3 жыл бұрын +12

    From all the Kilgore Trouts in the world, Thank you Mr. Vonnegut, it's been an honor and a pleasure. Rest In Peace.

  • Roberto De Leon-Gonzalez
    Roberto De Leon-Gonzalez 5 ай бұрын +3

    What a master storyteller he was!

  • EmilyB Bernard
    EmilyB Bernard 2 ай бұрын +2

    Growing up I was stunned knowing Vonnegut was listed in the phone book. What trust in human nature." If this isn't nice Idk what is." 👍👍

  • gaspare dori
    gaspare dori 3 ай бұрын +2

    He is so brilliant and joyful, so full of love and respect for life... and with such a sense of humour!

  • Erius Houston
    Erius Houston  Жыл бұрын +1

    I never realized how impactful KV has been on my life. Much ❤️ love to this man.

  • neal pearson
    neal pearson 3 жыл бұрын +1

    What a treasure he was. The first time I got all swoony over literature and really understood how important it would be to me was on this guy. I will never lose the image of Billy Pilgrim bobbing up and down because he only has one shoe, and the self-effacing introductions he often wrote were pure gold.

  • jose luis ferrer
    jose luis ferrer 2 жыл бұрын +2

    this was so beautiful, this man is a pure heart.

  • Michael Hurteau
    Michael Hurteau 20 күн бұрын +2

    This segment is included in "A Man Without a Country" and fits in wonderfully with the other portions. ~2004

  • Tarik AlAkkad
    Tarik AlAkkad 3 жыл бұрын +4

    I want a teacher like him for my kids in school.

  • V. L.
    V. L.  Жыл бұрын +3

    Un maestro. Un regalo para el alma!

  • Rubén Soler
    Rubén Soler 3 жыл бұрын +6

    ¡Esto es oro!

  • Jesse
    Jesse 3 жыл бұрын +419

    "nothing is good or bad but thinking makes it so"

    • brett todd
      brett todd  Жыл бұрын +1

      @J. Lar Ha. Stupid. Yes. Let me see you oeuvre, then we can gauge your genius against the Bard

    • J. Lar
      J. Lar  Жыл бұрын +1

      A famous, but stupid quote, yes.

    • Connor
      Connor 2 жыл бұрын +9

      Elf Sieben Dude, Hamlet was written 58 years BEFORE Paradise Lost. Milton was 0 when Hamlet premiered. Shakespeare didn’t steal anything from Milton. In fact, Milton has said that he was influenced by Shakespeare so that line in Paradise lost is possibly inspired by Hamlet.

    • Oisin Gilligan
      Oisin Gilligan 2 жыл бұрын +5

      Elf Sieben Milton was zero years old when Hamlet first premiered. There are certainly similarities but it’s the other way around

    • Elf Sieben
      Elf Sieben 3 жыл бұрын +8

      He stole it from Milton's "Paradise Lost", though:
      "The mind is its own place
      And in itself
      Can make a heaven of hell,
      A hell of heaven."

  • PoppyB2011
    PoppyB2011 2 жыл бұрын +1

    I miss him so much. I believe that the day he died (I wept) that the human condition changed. People started moving opposite of the way they once were, writers, men, people, like him started to die out with him. It was a sad end of an era. It has only become worse since. He was a beautifully raw and honest man. He is terribly missed. Everyone needs to read him.

  • Jameseena Coene
    Jameseena Coene  Жыл бұрын +4

    I was a teacher. I hope to God that one of my students raised a hand. I had two high school and one elementary , and one junior high teacher that made me love Science and English.

  • John Doe
    John Doe 3 жыл бұрын +46

    I've had a shitty life that would compelle many people to just hang themselves. But. I know what Kurt is talking about. The beauty of living is finding the little beauties of life that are enjoyable and enjoying them at that moment and knowing that there will be more.

    • rash s
      rash s 3 жыл бұрын +2

      Thanks for sharing this. Ignore the miserable individual who replied with hate to you.

  • Nephron Pie
    Nephron Pie 2 ай бұрын +3

    I watched this while I was high and came to the following conclusion. If I share this with a girl and she doesn't get excited about how good it is, then she probably isn't for me. The vibes have to match, the mind has to match. Yes, finding love over a lifetime can be difficult, but if one becomes famous in the right way and makes a name for themselves, then they may as well be loved by someone through that person's imagination long after they are gone.

  • Donna Bentley
    Donna Bentley  Жыл бұрын +1

    I miss him so much. But I have planned to start reading again from the start and go through them again. He was brilliant

  • Coordenada Cero
    Coordenada Cero 4 жыл бұрын +5

    Aplausos! un genio. Gracias por compartir.

  • Anna-Laura Hocker
    Anna-Laura Hocker 3 жыл бұрын +1

    A wonderful writer and person~

  • panther105
    panther105 3 жыл бұрын +12

    You don't get the label of genius by your adoring public and peers for no reason... Thank you for saving this for us.....

  • h.h holmes.
    h.h holmes.  Жыл бұрын +1

    A true masterpiece ❤

  • nndaystar
    nndaystar 2 ай бұрын +1

    Emotional awareness is so damn important, so many of us don't know when we're happy. G'Meegwetch for the wisdom Mr. Vonnegut.

  • avrillo
    avrillo 2 ай бұрын +1

    I love Kurt Vonnegut, his stories, books and writings gave me so much.

  • Jonny Hambone Blues
    Jonny Hambone Blues 3 жыл бұрын +2

    Beautiful, one of my heroes.

  • Tony Nguyen
    Tony Nguyen 2 жыл бұрын +2

    I swear to God I just want to listen to him all day!

  • Joao Santos
    Joao Santos 3 жыл бұрын +4

    this whole talk, but that ending especially, made my day. Thank you for sharing.

  • Tom McMahon
    Tom McMahon 3 жыл бұрын +107

    "Ah, there's an interesting story behind this nickel. In 1957, I remember it was, I got up in the morning and made myself a piece of toast. I set the toaster to three: medium brown." - Kurt Vonnegut

    • frigginjerk
      frigginjerk 3 жыл бұрын +12

      In those days, Shelbyville was called Morganville.

    • Douglas
      Douglas 3 жыл бұрын +9

      Gimmen 5 bees for a quarter you'd say!

  • Cara Mason
    Cara Mason 6 ай бұрын +2

    What a character 😊😂❤️ so brilliant and hilarious