[[T U B E]] * Program note: Eight-two-year-old literary icon Kurt Vonnegut, still best known as the author of Slaughterhouse-Five (1969) and Breakfast of Champions (1973), will make a fairly rare appearance tonight on the PBS-TV news series NOW. He’ll talk with host David Brancaccio about his life, the current low state of American democracy, and his new collection of essays, A Man Without a Country, the success of which Vonnegut has called “a nice glass of champagne at the end of a life.” Check your local listings for showtimes. And if Brancaccio’s interview doesn’t give you enough of a Vonnegut fix, read some previous conversations with the author here.
READ MORE: “God Bless You, Mr. Vonnegut,” by A.O. Scott (The New York Times Book Review).