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Kurt Vonnegut at the Blackboard

KVJ on story structure, Hamlet, Cinderella, and Kafka:

But there’s a reason we recognize Hamlet as a masterpiece: it’s that Shakespeare told us the truth, and people so rarely tell us the truth in this rise and fall here [indicates blackboard]. The truth is, we know so little about life, we don’t really know what the good news is and what the bad news is.

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