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“I believe that reading and writing are the most nourishing forms of meditation anyone has so far found. By reading the writings of the most interesting minds in history, we meditate with our own minds and theirs as well. This to me is a miracle.”

KURT VONNEGUT, Palm Sunday

Published in 1981, Palm Sunday is a collection of Kurt Vonnegut‘s short stories, essays, letters, and other writings. In Chapter 18, Vonnegut grades his books — comparing himself with himself, not other writers.

Here are the titles and the grades Vonnegut gives his books:

Player Piano: B
The Sirens of Titan: A
Mother Night: A
Cat’s Cradle: A+
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater: A
Slaughterhouse-Five: A+
Welcome to the Monkey House: B-
Happy Birthday, Wanda June: D
Breakfast of Champions: C
Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons: C
Slapstick: D
Jailbird: A
Palm Sunday: C