Matt Erler: An Introduction
Hello Vonnegut fans!
My name is Matt Erler and I’m going to be joining the crack blogging team here at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library. I’m looking forward to whatever insight, knowledge or enlightenment I can spread.
So what’s my role here? I have been writing in some form or other for eight years. I have been writing fiction for the last two years and reading everything I can get my hands on. Vonnegut has been a good teacher. I was a journalism major at Ball State University, and I ran the school newspaper’s online music and entertainment website for a year. I guess that makes me interview guy, and I’m happy to oblige.
I’m going to be interviewing people who have been touched, inspired or influenced by Vonnegut, examining why his writing remains so potent and so powerful after all these years. I’m hoping that through their words, and mine, these blog posts can encourage other writers to keep plugging away at that novel, drive artists to keep painting, to keep sculpting, inspire musicians to keep pushing themselves and writing new music. Vonnegut would have liked that.
Vonnegut’s writing is remarkable. He had a gift for humor and a gift for finding the most compelling, concise way to encapsulate life’s great mysteries. That’s been inspirational to any number of writers, filmmakers and musicians. I’m hoping to interview a disparate collection of people who have found inescapable truths in what he wrote and ask them how they’ve used those truths to move forward.
Look for my first interview February 24th. Until then babies, keep checking our updates. Exciting things are coming your way.
P.S., if you have any suggestions for interesting interviews or blog posts, drop me a line at [email protected]