In his final novel Timequake, Kurt Vonnegut essentially wrote his own funeral. A few years later, he dug up his past short stories, reworked many of them, and put out the ultimate look back at a great American author's paid literary apprenticeship.

Bagombo Snuff Box captures Vonnegut at his 1950s-est. And his sweetest, saddest, savagest, and downright newest, as a young writer making his way in a world he hadn't changed yet. It takes some explaining, so join Alex Schmidt and Michael Swaim as they break-down the pitfalls, problematicness, and pure genius in Kurt Vonnegut's Bagombo Snuff Box.

Franken-Time (00:01:10)

Intro Time (00:08:15)

Creative Writing 101 (00:13:45)

Story Time (00:20:45)

Coda Time (01:30:45)

Kurt Blurt (01:40:35)

Recurring Characters Update (01:41:05)

VonneWHAT (01:42:40)

VonneGRADES (01:46:45)

Related Reading (01:51:10)

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