Over at Slate, there's a hilarious excerpt from the new book of Kurt Vonnegut's letters: a term paper assignment he gave to his creative writing students at the Iowa Writers Workshop in 1965. Basically, he wanted them to read a book of allegedly classic short fiction as if slightly tipsy, and then give each story a letter grade. And review the three best and three worst stories, as if they were editors. The best part:
As for your term papers, I should like them to be both cynical and religious. I want you to adore the Universe, to be easily delighted, but to be prompt as well with impatience with those artists who offend your own deep notions of what the Universe is or should be.
Best advice ever. Read the whole thing over at Slate.
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