From “Semicolons: A Love Story,” by Ben Dolnick.
Vonnegut’s dismissal of semicolons therefore struck me as more than a mere matter of style. This was, like his refusal to describe his war experience in heroic terms, a demonstration of virtue. To abjure semicolons was to declare oneself pure of heart, steely-eyed, sadly disillusioned.
(Source: The New York Times)
“The 22,000-word novella, ‘Basic Training,’ was rejected by the Saturday Evening Post in the late 1940’s, long before Mr. Vonnegut had become famous through works such as ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’ and ‘Cat’s Cradle.’”
“RosettaBooks described the novella as a book that demonstrates Mr. Vonnegut’s ‘trademark grand themes: the lunacy of kings, the improbability of existence, the yearling hero’s struggle with duty and love and the meaning of heroism.’”
What’s the lame part?: “It will be released exclusively through Amazon as a Kindle Single at a cost of $1.99.”