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5 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets From Cheers

Thirty years ago tonight, an ensemble comedy set in a Boston bar debuted on NBC. Cheers didn’t exactly set the Nielsens on fire at first, but luckily the network gave the show a chance to find its audience. Thanks to consistently great scripts (Kurt Vonnegut Jr. stated in a 1991 interview “I would rather have [...]

Vonnegut’s Letter to His Family About His Imprisonment in Slaughterhouse Five

Kurt Vonnegut Jr.’s most famous novel is Slaughterhouse-Five. You may have read it — it’s taught in many high school English classes in the U.S., though in others it has been banned. So it goes. Anyway, Slaughterhouse-Five is partially autobiographical; it’s based partly on Vonnegut’s experiences as a Prisoner of War in World War II, [...]