August 19th, 2010 Brian Herzog
Kurt Vonnegut is one of my favorite authors, and I first read many of his books at a time when my personality and outlook on life were still impressionable as wet cement. His writing style, and both of us being from the Midwest, played a large part in my love of reading and writing.
So I'm happy to hear that the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library is opening in his home town of Indianapolis in this Fall.
It is fitting to call it a library, because he was certainly a prolific writer and a great supporter of libraries. However, the description on the website makes it sound more like a museum, community center and art gallery. It's collection will house many of his letters and works and so will be a research center, and they also plan to publish a literary magazine and sponsor writers workshops.
They have a newsletter and are on Facebook, and all of it makes me really look forward to visiting.
December 11th, 2007 Brian Herzog
It's not uncommon to honor someone by naming a street after them. To honor one of my favorite authors, a group in Portland, Oregon is trying to get 42nd Avenue named after Douglas Adams.
What a great idea. It is so much better than just changing the name of "Elm St." or "Main St." to the name of a famous person - 42 actually is relevant to Douglas Adams' life, works, and his fans.
Here's a few more reason, from the group's website:
- It will reflect Portlanders’ commitment to the arts.
- It will reflect Portlanders’ respect for the environment.
- It will reflect Portlanders’ desire to provide technological access to all.
- It will reflect Portlanders’ passion to further education to all people.
- It will remind all Portlanders’ the most important lesson in times of uncertainty and fear…
I hope that the Portland Library has gotten behind this effort, as it is a great way to promote reading and fun. This is also something other communities could do, as well - well, those with 42nd streets.
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