Here in the NYT, by Roy Blount, Jr. Sounds like an uneven collection of things found in Kurt’s desk — but with enough jewels to make it worthwhile.
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I read through most of it, I have a few chapters (stories, essays, whatever you’d call it) to go. The best part so far is that first letter he sent his family about Dresden. That letter by itself makes the book worthwhile.
Edit: Oh yeah, just finished reading the review. “Wailing Shall Be in All Streets” is brilliant as well.
Awesome… thanks for the link. I will have to procure myself a copy especially given the comments made about the letter sent to his family regarding the bombing of Dresden. Aside from anything else I’m interested to see the changes in his writing style after taking his advise regarding the development of ones writing ability (ie. the only way to get better is to write lots even if it ends up being rubbish). Also, as is commonly known, the events at Dresden had a big impact on the development of his ideas including those related to Humanism and this is something I’d like to check out as well.