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July 28, 2014

“Students wrote to their favorite authors asking them to visit. Kurt Vonnegut was the only one who responded, writing this beautiful & humorous letter.”

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What a badass.

I want every child to read this letter. It has such an important message: Create, create, create. Fail, fail, fail—and maybe succeed. Don’t do it for anyone but yourself. Become and learn what’s inside you, and you will make your soul grow.

A reader comment: “Years ago, in the mid-80s, when I was in high school, a friend and I were amusing ourselves by calling directory assistance and asking for phone numbers of famous people. It was surprising how many numbers we got, just for asking. But when we dialed most of them, we just got answering services or some secretary or something who shut us down pretty quick. But when we called Kurt Vonnegut… He answered! And actually talked to us for quite a while, about his books, becoming a writer, anything else we asked about. He was astoundingly nice and wise. I’ll never forget that. A real gentleman.”

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 “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” ~ Kurt Vonnegut

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Duncan Jan 20, 2015 6:12am

Don't know why I read this this morning but, of course, it was perfect. I can always tell; I start to cry. Thank you Rachel. Thank you Kurt.

Mark Bader Jul 31, 2014 2:03am

'Make Your Soul Grow' is a short film based on this Kurt Vonnegut letter to students. Filmed by Dogtooth Films with the help of the drama students at Hove Park School in Brighton UK. This is a beautifully crafted and inspiration film.

Padma Kadag Jul 30, 2014 6:30am

Really very very wonderful! Thanks.

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Rachel Nussbaum

Rachel Nussbaum is a yogini and craft beer enthusiast, living in Boulder, Colorado. She can be found hitting the slopes, hiking the Flatirons, running along the Boulder Creek Path, drinking an IPA (or stout depending on the season) or searching for the most delicious ethnic food in town. Rachel tries to “go with the flow” and be spontaneous but is a controlling introvert at heart. Connect with Rachel on Facebook and Instagram.