Saturday, May 30, 2009

Not lovin' it.

Love, as Always, Kurt: Vonnegut as I Knew Him, by Loree Rackstraw is a tease. Billed as a tell-all, Rackstraw's narrative is overly poised and restrained. I'm all for discretion, but Rackstraw wants it both ways. One cannot boast of an affair with the legendary and beloved American author and veteran, then keep mum.

Aside from some trivia (his daughter Edie was married, briefly, to Geraldo Rivera) and a glimpse into the famed Iowa (MFA) Writers' Workshop, this book was a waste of time. The author seems reluctant to truly share her Kurt, and instead mixes too many eras, people, and events without expsing us to the essence of any. I should have believed the reviewers on Amazon. They told me so.

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