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Kurt Vonnegut interview on 90 Minutes Live - 1978

  • Жарияланды 2017 ж. 6 Мам.

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  • Andrew Dale
    Andrew Dale 9 ай бұрын +23

    His books got me through high school. I would not have survived without his biting sarcasm and wit, his wry sense of humour about serious things. I miss him.

    • dedicated2WHOiLove
      dedicated2WHOiLove Ай бұрын +1

      some will see this and think him crazy, but after this his masterpiece Galopicos was written.

    • Dee Spence
      Dee Spence 4 ай бұрын +2

      Same with me

  • René Fabre
    René Fabre  Жыл бұрын +18

    This is such a wonderful blast from the past. I'm quite positive I read every Vonnegut book at least once back in the day. It's refreshing to see/hear this conversation having been from these times and the (kind of) irony that it actually (in a funny weird way) still resonates so true today (2021). Thanks for sharing this video! I miss his wonderful authentic transparent curmudgeon humor. Such a wonderful talented man!

    • Derek Trudelle
      Derek Trudelle 8 ай бұрын +1

      I saw him speak at The University of New Hampshire back in the early 90s. What a gift. Read every one of his books after that. Today, he still inspires me to give writing a go. God bless him.

  • Jonny Roxx
    Jonny Roxx 3 жыл бұрын +80

    After many years, all of a sudden Kurt Vonnegut is in my life again. That makes me happy.
    Peace. JR

  • Bobby Nicole
    Bobby Nicole 2 ай бұрын +2

    it's hard to tell whether he's talking or composing fiction on the fly. love it!

  • Samuel White
    Samuel White  Жыл бұрын +7

    "Your future will soon come to you and lie down at your feet like a dog who knows and loves you no matter what you are. And the dog of my future lying at my feet is snoring now."
    Kurt Vonnegut
    I just finished watching the documentary and love him even more knowing his flaws. The greatest writer of the 20th century 😑✌️

    • Samuel White
      Samuel White  Жыл бұрын +2

      @iuseitToo It's called Unstuck In Time

    • iuseitToo
      iuseitToo  Жыл бұрын

      What's the doc. called?

  • JustJoe Oleson
    JustJoe Oleson 3 жыл бұрын +6

    That was really good. Enjoyed it a lot; keep recommending such things.

  • kenneth bransford
    kenneth bransford 3 жыл бұрын +12

    I can not believe this literary giant has so few comments. A most unique character.

  • funeralgirl
    funeralgirl 3 жыл бұрын +33

    i could listen to this man speak for hours

  • Audio Pervert
    Audio Pervert 3 жыл бұрын +17

    Having read 4/5 of his books .. he is so calm, dark, brutish and funny at the same time.

    • rockets4kids
      rockets4kids Ай бұрын

      @BLDJLN He just couldn't finish any of them.

    • BLDJLN
      BLDJLN  Жыл бұрын +1

      4/5ths of 14 novels? Okay...

  • Cara Mason
    Cara Mason 8 ай бұрын +2

    Brilliant, hilarious, and inspiring human 😊🤣❤️☀️

  • Randall Lake
    Randall Lake  Жыл бұрын +4

    There were two books I insisted they read: Nancy Mitford’ s The Sun King, and Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughter House Five , both masterpieces to my lights

  • Brendan McCabe
    Brendan McCabe 3 жыл бұрын +187

    KZclip has started recommending Vonnegut videos out of the blue don’t know why but it is a pleasant suprise

    • Gregor Ronald
      Gregor Ronald 3 ай бұрын

      I have had Vonnegut videos showing up in KZclip - and of course I open them, so the algorithm then took the hint. A virtuous spiral.

    • Jeffrey A. Jackson
      Jeffrey A. Jackson  Жыл бұрын

      Me too!

    • Brian Joyce
      Brian Joyce 2 жыл бұрын

      A little late to the party but I’m glad for the flashback

    • Suzy Weiss
      Suzy Weiss 2 жыл бұрын +1

      Caper. here if you like it and haven't yet- PLEASE do east of Eden. Grapes is good but Eof Eden is up there with SlaughterHouse 5 as one if best pieces of artistic creation I have and I think will ever come across

    • Eunoia Vision
      Eunoia Vision 2 жыл бұрын

      Right? Weird! But great. I've never seen him speak before.

  • Jim Cook Jr.
    Jim Cook Jr. 3 жыл бұрын +14

    He attributes human behavior to chemistry and the audience laughs.

  • Subject OR36942
    Subject OR36942 2 жыл бұрын +2

    Amazing intelligent comedian

  • kamuelalee
    kamuelalee 3 жыл бұрын +72

    The 20th century Mark Twain, amazing man. RIP

      FRANK FRANKLIN 2 жыл бұрын +2

      So it goes.

    • Hans Mateboer
      Hans Mateboer 3 жыл бұрын +1

      Thinking the same... Although Kurt reminds me of a zillion people... What could that be?

    • Mark McLawhorn
      Mark McLawhorn 3 жыл бұрын +4

      kamuelalee i thought his mannerisms + mustache felt familiar!

  • Ilqr D.
    Ilqr D. 5 жыл бұрын +70

    It's incredible how he even looked old in 1978. Wish he was still around though.

    • Pam Cory
      Pam Cory  Жыл бұрын

      He is, the books and things like this are still here and still just great, can read them over and over.

    • Julie Rowan-Zoch
      Julie Rowan-Zoch 2 жыл бұрын +1

      @Ilqr D. having been through what he did, I would be surprised he didn't look older. My uncle's hair turned completely white from his WWII experiences.

    • Ilqr D.
      Ilqr D. 2 жыл бұрын

      @Julie Rowan-Zoch I sure did

    • Julie Rowan-Zoch
      Julie Rowan-Zoch 2 жыл бұрын

      You read Slaughter House 5, right?

    • Dilara Bilgisel
      Dilara Bilgisel 3 жыл бұрын

      Well it's because he was born old!

  • Dr. Greg Grove
    Dr. Greg Grove 3 жыл бұрын +16

    The owner of a trendy, free-spirit cafe near me adores Kurt's ideas. There's a little shrine on the top of a large bookcase. I rarely "hang my hat" on any human philosophy or personality, but the owner seems dog-gone happy!

  • Higgs McGiggs
    Higgs McGiggs  Жыл бұрын +10

    There is a powerful need for Vonnegut right now.

  • K Mickey
    K Mickey 5 жыл бұрын +13

    Brilliant as always. My hero, Mr. KV

  • a tomato plant
    a tomato plant 4 жыл бұрын +5

    A total genius

  • Frank Flapper
    Frank Flapper 3 жыл бұрын +9

    To this day, I brush my teeth with warm water because of this man.

    • colleenhoney
      colleenhoney 3 жыл бұрын

      Did he advocate brushing ines teeth with warm water? Was there a reason? Thankyou :)

  • The Tik-Tok Man
    The Tik-Tok Man 3 жыл бұрын +2

    a true genius

  • luckydad420
    luckydad420 4 жыл бұрын +5

    This guy was a visionary

  • SL
    SL 3 жыл бұрын +12

    I learned about a wonderful person today.
    I try to do that more often each day lately.

  • farber2
    farber2 4 жыл бұрын +3

    I remember seeing these guys on tv. Did a few interviews.

  • Dee Spence
    Dee Spence 4 ай бұрын +1

    I’ve read every book he wrote.. the man was a prophet!

  • The Mudvillain
    The Mudvillain 3 жыл бұрын +21

    Crazy how in that time high schools were trying to ban Slaughterhouse 5, meanwhile when I was in high school, our teacher had to force us to read the same book and NOBODY wanted to read it lol I ended up reading it though and it became one of my favorite books ever.

    • Dee Spence
      Dee Spence Ай бұрын

      My high school English lit book had one of his short stories in it! That’s how I discovered him! He was a genius

    • Derek Trudelle
      Derek Trudelle 8 ай бұрын

      @Andrew Dale We were assigned to read Slaughterhouse 5 in highschool, but I wasn't in the class that assigned it. I was in the class that assigned The Scarlet Letter. Buzz kill. My classmates who got to read Vonnegut raved about him and I would only know why after graduating and finding my own damn books to read, thank you very much. Then I saw him speak at UNH and it was game over - read all his books after that, one after the other.

    • Andrew Dale
      Andrew Dale 9 ай бұрын +1

      Most of the books we had to read in high school were dead boring. I think our teachers were born aged 53.

  • Snide Pete
    Snide Pete 3 жыл бұрын +4

    Gzowski was another man of whom we can all be proud...

  • jimrebr
    jimrebr  Жыл бұрын +2

    Way ahead of his time! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • GuitarWithBrett
    GuitarWithBrett 5 жыл бұрын +7

    Great interview!

  • Steve happy bear johannsen
    Steve happy bear johannsen 5 жыл бұрын +11

    kurt is awesome....

  • oldendorf
    oldendorf 3 жыл бұрын +4

    Peter Gzowski and Kurt Vonnegut! This is something special.

  • kyle ashby
    kyle ashby 3 жыл бұрын +3

    happy to be here, some people are a joy to listen to

  • Felipe W
    Felipe W  Жыл бұрын +5

    I have watched quite a few Vonnegut interviews, and I like how loose this one is. It has a bit of a Dick Cavett energy to it.

  • sms667
    sms667 2 жыл бұрын +4

    Kurt's fucking wrecked. I still love him with all my heart though.

    • Dwen
      Dwen  Жыл бұрын

      Yeah, that might explain it.

  • Karnatik Kitta
    Karnatik Kitta 3 жыл бұрын +4

    No doubt our modern day prophet. Such wisdom and wit. And entertaining as well.

  • pgurl1971
    pgurl1971 3 жыл бұрын +3

    I think he’s my second favorite Kurt😌

  • brenden hamilton
    brenden hamilton 3 жыл бұрын +1

    2:30 love this moment

  • Mahmoud Ismail
    Mahmoud Ismail  Жыл бұрын +2

    I love Vonnegut may his soul rest in peace, but I think he might be inebriated in this video

  • d7sfblab
    d7sfblab 3 жыл бұрын +3

    Going oblique to be the opposite. Standard procedure from him. Gorgeous stuff.

  • Charles Smyth
    Charles Smyth  Жыл бұрын +1

    Quite the raconteur, is our Kurt :-)

  • MJmcnult
    MJmcnult 3 жыл бұрын +5

    Canadians: We need a picture of Peter Gzowski on one of our notes.

  • Andrew Soligo
    Andrew Soligo 2 ай бұрын +2

    Happy 100th birthday, Mr Vonnegut!🎉

  • Peirithoüs
    Peirithoüs 10 ай бұрын +2

    PG: Do you really know the answer to everything?
    KV: I haven’t been stumped very often

  • pgurl1971
    pgurl1971 3 жыл бұрын +4

    He’s adorable

  • xirilla
    xirilla 3 жыл бұрын +12

    Kurt Vonnegut invented Life Couching... It was too early though. Now, he would have plenty of customers. lol

  • Timo Kotilainen
    Timo Kotilainen 3 жыл бұрын +5

    Somebody should make biography of Kurt Vonnegut - and cast Nathan Lane as Kurt!

  • Kev G H
    Kev G H 5 жыл бұрын +8

    I wish i was into KV in 1978.

  • Suzy Weiss
    Suzy Weiss 2 жыл бұрын +5

    Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt

  • Jazzinthecountry
    Jazzinthecountry  Жыл бұрын +1

    The end there, about his brother; the genesis of Ice Nine.

  • brenden hamilton
    brenden hamilton 3 жыл бұрын +4

    9:08 Genius!

  • John Aiello
    John Aiello 3 жыл бұрын +3

    A Good King is a Good Thing.

  • silrak
    silrak 3 жыл бұрын +13

    He was ahead of his time regarding chemistry and behavior. Listen to Robert Sapolsky or Sam Harris on free will.

    • Medo Tata
      Medo Tata 2 жыл бұрын

      @mae What's wrong with Sam?

    • mae
      mae 2 жыл бұрын +1

      Sam Harris hahaha

  • Benja Harguindey
    Benja Harguindey 4 жыл бұрын +176

    If this isn't nice I don't know what it.

    • d7sfblab
      d7sfblab 3 жыл бұрын +3

      omg, I just watched that lecture about half an hour ago. Spot on, you. ;)

    • Fred McNeil
      Fred McNeil 3 жыл бұрын +1

      Farting and tap dancing

    • TG
      TG 4 жыл бұрын +2

      Benja Harguindey very nice

  • Anne Cyphers
    Anne Cyphers 3 жыл бұрын +30

    God Bless You Mr. Rosewater

  • Fisherman Gunz
    Fisherman Gunz 3 жыл бұрын +1


  • Brett B
    Brett B 3 жыл бұрын +3

    lol Gzowski wants to light up too - great interview, miss the old pros

  • Hahn Furst
    Hahn Furst  Жыл бұрын +1

    "I figured out how to keep humanity from hurling itself off the cliff. To start, we're all going to post our favorite Rant(s) on 11-11 at 11:11.
    ~ xoxo Hahn Furst”

  • Grunthos the Flatulent
    Grunthos the Flatulent 5 жыл бұрын +5

    My word (nyuk-nyuk,) this man (was) is so intriguing!
    Incidentally, AgI is the only one of the nicest things to get dumped on with. Imagine, men organizing the physical task of dumping chemistries upon people from the cowardice of an aircraft. It is ALL chemical weapons, whether gasoline, bombs, vx, rads..

  • Please quiet down
    Please quiet down 3 жыл бұрын +3

    great interviewer. but i really wanted to hear the end of the free speech arc 14:45

  • J F
    J F Ай бұрын +1

    God, this man had a savage mind. Witty af.

  • wesa
    wesa 3 жыл бұрын +6

    1978 seems about right.

  • The Prepared Norseman
    The Prepared Norseman 5 ай бұрын +1

    Being told what to do is what the people want, just like Milton said.

  • PM Music
    PM Music 3 жыл бұрын +5

    Dead ringer for Marc Maron.

  • mcsuibhne005
    mcsuibhne005 2 жыл бұрын +2

    His cheek must have been sore on account of his tongue being lodged in there so often!

  • Frank Velazquez
    Frank Velazquez 3 жыл бұрын +6


  • Henry Casillas
    Henry Casillas 2 жыл бұрын +1


  • nolan412
    nolan412 3 жыл бұрын +2

    Mentions his brother got into cloud seeding.

  • TheEleatic
    TheEleatic 4 ай бұрын +1

    KVJ was God incarnate.

  • The Tik-Tok Man
    The Tik-Tok Man 3 жыл бұрын +10

    when smoking on TV was OK

    DARCY WRIGHT 4 жыл бұрын +6

    Vonnegut Essay in March/April 2018 issue of Writer's Digest

  • mackdmara
    mackdmara 3 ай бұрын +2

    There are two kinds of intolerance. Those that think you cannot allow the profane to be in books; Those that think only the profane should be allowed in books. Unfortunately both are wrong and neither will stop trying to censure the other.
    I live according to my morals; You live by your morals. I want to convince you of my convictions, not repress yours. There is a difference.
    Unfortunately, we are beholden to both extremists. I worry that people fear being rational and up lift the padded room.

  • Dale Eloph
    Dale Eloph 3 жыл бұрын +28

    I love Kilgore Trout

  • Liz Graham
    Liz Graham 3 жыл бұрын +4

    Excellent interview, but let's just pause for a second and acknowledge the thoroughly creepy comment made by the interviewer around 16:30 - "My son doesn't use the Junior [on his name], so I keep getting calls from eighteen year old girls, which is quite nice." Umm...ew. Otherwise, Kurt Vonnegut is a doll

    • fractual quasar
      fractual quasar 3 жыл бұрын +7

      @kipper - the copulating with mother comment was to inform the audience that the word objected to in his book was motherfucker without saying it. Context.

    • kipper
      kipper 3 жыл бұрын

      ikr in a 20min interview both make weirdo comments. The other one wrote slaughterhouse 5 for kids which referenced 'copulating with their mother', both just trying to get attention cheaply but it backfires.

    • Liz Graham
      Liz Graham 3 жыл бұрын +2

      16:19, to be precise.

  • Dale Eloph
    Dale Eloph 3 жыл бұрын +4

    We read Oepedis Rex in 9th grade as a literature assignmint in 1979

    • Dale Eloph
      Dale Eloph 3 жыл бұрын

      @Jack T well the guys I hung with were all little dirty minded perverts to begin with and I haveing discovered the Rolling Stones the previous year was a man of the world I found it interesting that that was were the term Mother F#@ker originated.And of course from the Stones I graduated to the Doors.
      The Killer awoke before dawn
      He put his boots on and walked on down the hall
      Yes son..
      I want to kill you
      Mother I want to...auiiiiiigh

    • Dorian Philotheates
      Dorian Philotheates 3 жыл бұрын

      Dale Eloph - Oedipus- The original m@th@#%#!&#%.

  • Brian Joyce
    Brian Joyce 2 жыл бұрын +5

    He was damaged by the war. He then refused to be a victim and made the world better by his perspective and zest for life. Irony and wit can get you through way better than depressive victimhood.

  • Dan Andersen
    Dan Andersen  Жыл бұрын +1

    Americas Dan Turell,theyre both forgotten by many youngsters now,because not anybody gets to know about them in school,or they,the damn rascals,dont listen and learn!They were both entertainment with learning.Get smart and have fun; read Kurt Vonnegut!And for us Danes,also Dan Turell.I wonder if Turell ever got translated to english.Poems ,essays,Crimestorys?

  • Christopher Robideaux
    Christopher Robideaux 4 жыл бұрын +2

    Funny at 17:30 they mention the "weapon of war" silver iodide, something which is purportedly being dropped in chemtrails now.

  • cjpreach
    cjpreach 3 жыл бұрын +1

    RE: the First Amendment - the right to Free Speech does not guarantee and Audience for your material. It also does not mandate that a Particular person MUST read or hear the speech you are free to express.

    • cjpreach
      cjpreach 4 ай бұрын

      @Audio Porcupine Those who demand an audience because "THEIR side ought to be heard." That's why certain points of view are mandatory via our educational system, as well as "sensitivity training" in various organizations. If you're not capable of garnering an audience, simply establish your version of indoctrination by taking over the organizational leadership positions. You know, just like the NAZI Party did in the 1930s.

    • Audio Porcupine
      Audio Porcupine 4 ай бұрын

      Who ever said that it did? Ridiculous comment.

  • Funkbutterfly
    Funkbutterfly 3 жыл бұрын +6

    For someone who has spent so much time memorizing Vonnegut quotes, the interviewer appears to completely misunderstand his sense of humor and satire.

    • Dreamingrightnow
      Dreamingrightnow 3 жыл бұрын +1

      @John Spooner Thanks for that. I don't know him, but I love good interviews and those who build them. I'll be doing a search to find more Gzowski. :)

    • John Spooner
      John Spooner 3 жыл бұрын +7

      Calling him "the interviewer" betrays your lack of familiarity with the man. Gzowski, a man of infinite wit and intelligence, had a long career as "the interviewer." This was because he assumed the persona of a kind of childlike yet informed, curious everyman when interviewing. I still treasure every morning I listened to his show on CBC - he made many hours in the darkroom better. Incidentally, he quite disliked doing TV and much preferred radio. Possibly because it allowed him to smoke, and dress however he chose.

    • oooBUBU7ooo
      oooBUBU7ooo 3 жыл бұрын +3

      I think he's just playing it straight

  • Jack P.
    Jack P. 3 жыл бұрын +1

    Vonnegut=bernie=Jon stewart=dave chapelle=maybe joe rogan=

  • Robert Galletta
    Robert Galletta 5 жыл бұрын +3


  • Thomas Geist
    Thomas Geist 3 жыл бұрын


  • T D
    T D 3 жыл бұрын +3

    Mark Twain in process

  • Fisherman Gunz
    Fisherman Gunz 3 жыл бұрын +1

    Boycott tv. 💥

  • ぎ Yuri ぎ
    ぎ Yuri ぎ 3 жыл бұрын +6

    Who else is here because of a school essay

    • kamuelalee
      kamuelalee 3 жыл бұрын

      Had to read Cat's Cradle in high school. He was a great writer...Slaughterhouse Five particularly

  • Eunoia Vision
    Eunoia Vision 2 жыл бұрын

    He seems sloshed. I have never seen him speak though.

    • Sjv
      Sjv  Жыл бұрын +2

      @Felipe W He seems to be talking the way he usually does - distinctive style

    • Felipe W
      Felipe W  Жыл бұрын +2

      He seems a little fidgety here, but he sounds more or less like he always does. I suppose we would all sound that way if we were raised by Germans in Indiana in the 1920s.

    • hklinker
      hklinker  Жыл бұрын

      Not sloshed

  • Kendrick Jahn
    Kendrick Jahn 5 жыл бұрын +4

    Is that interviewer Geraldo's Dad?

    • Jeff Cavanaugh
      Jeff Cavanaugh 5 жыл бұрын

      Amit Verma nah, needs to be farther away. Lol.

    • Amit Verma
      Amit Verma 5 жыл бұрын +1

      Could not they put the ashtray a bit closer ?

    • Scott W
      Scott W 5 жыл бұрын +3

      Peter Gzowski en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Gzowski

  • Charles L
    Charles L 3 жыл бұрын +2

    So it goes.

  • Randall Lake
    Randall Lake  Жыл бұрын +1

    Forgot to add my five children

  • Kennith Umperovitch
    Kennith Umperovitch 15 күн бұрын +1

    Chemistry is the basics of all humanity.

  • brenden hamilton
    brenden hamilton 3 жыл бұрын +1

    17:26 cloud seeding :/

    • ?
      ? 3 жыл бұрын

      Yeah, then it cut out when he started talking tornados.
      (Vonnegut was the target at Dresden.)

  • William L.
    William L. 3 жыл бұрын +11

    so it goes

  • Abraham Saldana
    Abraham Saldana 3 жыл бұрын +1


  • Sean Clough
    Sean Clough 2 жыл бұрын


  • the fluffy guy
    the fluffy guy 2 жыл бұрын

    2:16 check it

  • Robert Dress
    Robert Dress 3 жыл бұрын +2

    So it turns out there is no such thing so far as we know a "Chemical Imbalance". It's purely speculative at best. There is no measurement for this sort of thing.

    • hklinker
      hklinker  Жыл бұрын

      The explanation for how members of the same family can experience the world in very similar - and often disordered - ways is also speculative. A lot of speculation out there.

  • sexobscura
    sexobscura  Жыл бұрын +1

    I know
    I forgot your name

  • Shaiah Eyes2c
    Shaiah Eyes2c  Жыл бұрын +1

    17:22 ..........

    SOLISRAYN 4 ай бұрын

    Are we just not going to make fun of the show host for being so slow?