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Metafiction and the anti-war message of Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five

Metafiction and the anti-war message of Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five

The use of metafiction in anti-war fiction is fairly common (Slaughterhouse-Five, The Things They Carried). Does the inclusion of the author as a character in Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five (and the knowledge that the “author” fought in World War II) lend credibility to the anti-war message, or does it weaken the message by taking away from the story and characters by using an overbearing delivery?

#FridayReads: Bitch Planet

#FridayReads: Bitch Planet

Title: Bitch Planet Vol. 1: Extraordinary Machine Author: Kelly Sue Deconnick (script), Valentine De Landro (covers/art), Robert Wilson IV (art on issue 3), Cris Peter (colors), and Clayton Cowles (letters) Publisher: Image Comics Publication Date: 2015 Format: Trade paperback Pages: 136 ISBN: 978-1632153661 List Price: $9.99 As a card-carrying, ardent feminist, Bitch Planet is the...

Honk honk: April 2016 edition

Honk honk: April 2016 edition

The other day I was updating my CV (something I do periodically so when I need it, it’s just there already), and realizing that a lot of cool stuff has been going on in my writing life, and I haven’t even mentioned it here. This is one of my main problems: I don’t like tooting...

Yuppies

Yuppies

Perhaps it’s the writer in me, perhaps it’s my mother’s nosiness, but when I eat at restaurants, I can’t help but observe the diners sitting around me. On a recent trip to Buffalo, New York, for the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair, my husband and I ate dinner at a local vegetarian-friendly restaurant called Merge....

Winter blessing Spring

Winter blessing Spring

The snow melts slowly over the candle flame, first compacting into slush and then pooling at the bottom of the mason jar. Sakura-scented incense smoke rises and curls above the altar as I hum a chant, my prayer to spring. When the snow transforms completely to water, I begin the work of planting seeds for...