“Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt”


Three years ago yesterday, in honor of Kurt Vonnegut’s birthday, we reprinted Steve Almond’s homage to the late author, “Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt.”

“The main thing was that Vonnegut made an impact on readers. He wasn’t one of those recluses who hid behind coy fictional guises. Every sentence he wrote, every character, was stamped in his image. He came clean on the page as a guy losing his shit.”

We hope you’ll take some time to commemorate Vonnegut by reading the essay and today’s exclusive interview with his daughter.

Lisa Dusenbery is the former managing editor of The Rumpus. More from this author →