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Kurt Vonnegut: The Shapes of Stories

Kurt Vonnegut - The Shapes of Stories
A beautiful infogrpahic by Maya Eilam.

Kurt Vonnegut explains the different shapes that stories can take using a chalkboard.

Update: This is part of a longer talk; find a transcript here.

I want to share with you something I've learned. I'll draw it on the blackboard behind me so you can follow more easily [draws a vertical line on the blackboard]. This is the G-I axis: good fortune-ill fortune. Death and terrible poverty, sickness down here-great prosperity, wonderful health up there. Your average state of affairs here in the middle [points to bottom, top, and middle of line respectively].

Still curious?

Vonnegut is the author of Slaughterhouse-Five and Breakfast of Champions.

(The beautiful infographic is by graphic designer Maya Eilam.)