Animated Video of Kurt Vonnegut's Lost Lecture Describes What It Takes to Be a Writer

Nearly 45 years ago, Kurt Vonnegut dropped this timeless insight on an eager audience.

Nearly 45 years ago, novelist Kurt Vonnegut walked into an audience of eager and unassuming NYU students and dropped some timeless knowledge on what it means to be a writer.

Does the artist really cure himself through his work? How can a writer piece together bits of truth about humanity in a succinct and engaging manner? Vonnegut explains that a writer needs paranoia for energy, as creative writers are constantly “in the process of becoming—they are humanity, becoming .”

This video transports you back to that lecture hall.

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