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Kurt Vonnegut on the Shape of Stories

Kurt Vonnegut’s (rejected) master’s thesis in Anthropology looked at the structure of stories told in different cultures, a topic he lectured on frequently.

Here’s an illustrated transcript of a Vonnegut lecture in which he discusses the G-I Axis (Good Fortune – Ill Fortune) and here’s Vonnegut in action via youtube.

Infographic by Maya Eilam.

3 comments on “Kurt Vonnegut on the Shape of Stories

  1. Staci Troilo
    January 19, 2013

    Reblogged this on Staci Troilo and commented:
    Vonnegut’s Take on the Shape of Stories, Then and Now

  2. lauradionjones
    January 21, 2013

    I have an incredible boy meets girl story but with an evil twist at the end. Wonder what shape KV would give it?

  3. tbroughton
    January 29, 2013

    this is evidence of Mr. Vonnegut’s visual style of writing.

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