KURT VONEGUT MEMORIAL LIBRARY
Kurt Vonnegut was actually born in Indianapolis, and born into a family of architects. His father and grandfather were part of a firm, Vonnegut & Bohn. The firm built a lot of historic buildings around the city--including the Athenaeum, the William H. Block Company Building, the Herron Art Institute (which is right across the street from my apartment)--and is quite well-known. That said, the Vonneguts have quite a legacy here in Indianapolis.
The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library is located downtown, about two blocks from the Statehouse. I visited it with a friend back in September, and we vowed to return, but with more company in tow. So, in December (yes, that is when these pictures were taken), four of us strolled into the library to read about Vonnegut, gaze at his artwork, and browse the small gift shop area. True, the Library is intimate, but it is engaging. And there are several things I wish I could purchase from the shop, including T-shirts, mugs, and autographed copies of his artwork.
The Library has several of Vonnegut's original artworks, and his typewriter as well. You can see where he rested his cigarettes as he pounded out a sentence. And in the cozy back corner is a table, a chair, and a typewriter at which you can sit and chicken peck a few words. The area is a replication of his own writing studio, right down to the red rooster lamp.
Have you ever read any of Vonnegut's novels? What is your favorite? "Slaughterhouse-Five" was the first one I ever read, closely followed by "Cat's Cradle" and "Jailbird."