kurt vonnegut applies for a job

In August of 1960, lines of people were forming wanting desperately to work with John Kennedy.  Seems as Kurt Vonnegut, author of such masterpieces as Slaughterhouse Five and Cat’s Cradle, also wanted in on the fun.  In a letter to then Senator Kennedy, Vonnegut volunteers his services to the campaign citing his experience as a freelance writer with such outfits as Ladies Home Journal and The Saturday Evening Post.  Makes me long for the days of the letter.  I still mail them from time to time myself but I gave up after I had to give up my typewriter.  The printed page doesn’t feel as good.

From openculture:

When archivist Stacey Chandler was combing through one of the “Massachusetts” files recently at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, she stumbled on something unexpected: a letter to Kennedy from an obscure writer named Kurt Vonnegut, volunteering his services on Kennedy’s presidential campaign.

via (Touch Me!)


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