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KURT VONNEGUT MEMORIAL LIBRARY

Posted on 04.24.2013

If you are strolling along the canal near Vermont Street,  I recommend you veer off and visit the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library. His drawings are displayed on the walls, along with as quotes such as “Your planet’s immune system is trying to get rid of you.” Visitors can learn about Vonnegut’s family history, Indianapolis connection and lineage of humanist thinking. His Purple Heart is on display, as well as the Smith-Corona Coronamatic 2200 typewriter that he used during the 1970s. Although this typewriter is in a glass case, there is a similar model that visitors can use in a room that recreates Vonnegut’s home office, equipped with his red rooster lamp. Outside of this room is a framed rejection slip that Vonnegut  received, and visitors can scroll through a virtual archive of his rejection letters on the nearby computer. After that, visitors can read the huge mural that details Vonnegut’s life from birth, through war, through his writing career, up until his death in 2007. So it goes.

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