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After my first exhausting battles with the English language I had come to a point where I felt pretty confident conversationally (out of ignorance, I would say in hindsight). I therefore decided to tackle reading a real book. Why I thought The Sirens of Titan would be good introductory material, I do not remember. I discovered that reading literature in a foreign language was a skill quite different from being able to chat; and I discovered Kurt Vonnegut.

Here again a link to Kurt Vonnegut’s talk with Jon Stewart (around September 2005) about the 51st American state: the state of denial.


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