I first heard of Slaughterhouse Five from this conversation in the movie Footloose.
Mr. Gurntz: "He was trying to teach that book."
Mrs. Allyson: "Slaughterhouse Five, isn't that an awful name?"
Ren: "Yeah it's a classic...Slaughterhouse Five, it's a classic."
Mr. Guntz: "Tom Sawyer is a classic! Do you read much?"
Mrs. Allyson: "Maybe in another town it's a classic."
Ren: "In any town."
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Another reason I like Vonnegut is that he's from Indianapolis! He said in a 1986 speech, "All my jokes are Indianapolis. All my attitudes are Indianapolis. My adenoids are Indianapolis. If I ever severed myself from Indianapolis, I would be out of business. What people like about me is Indianapolis." The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library recently opened in downtown Indianapolis. There are all kinds of things on display there, including his typewriter and many of his drawings. I'm hoping that Andrew and I will be able to go see it soon!