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Kurt Vonnegut's Once-Banned Classic

The German city of Dresden was destroyed by an Allied bombing raid launched on February 13, 1945. Just before 10:00 p.m., 800 bombers approached the city, hammering it with a wave of bombs that blew off the tops of houses.The second wave of bombers dropped incendiary devices into the open buildings, and in a matter of hours the city was engulfed in flames. In 1969, almost a quarter-century after experiencing the firebombing of Dresden, Kurt Vonnegut published his greatest and most famous novel, Slaughterhouse 5. Vonnegut titled Slaughterhouse 5 after the underground meat locker that kept him and his fellow soldiers alive beneath the city’s near-total destruction.

Follow the Guide (Pt. 8): Nail That Crucial First Impression with Investors and Lenders Using Our Business Plan Guide

Business plans have historically been a necessity for most entrepreneurs, but the definition of a business plan has changed in recent years. Today, it can mean anything from the traditional novella like document, with market analysis and financial projections, to a one-page Venn diagram showing where markets overlap.

Who's Your Daddy?

His father is Larry McMurtry and his mother an English professor. "Surprisingly I didn't like to read much growing up," James McMurtry said in an interview. "But there were always records lying around the house. Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson were the most influential."

Stranger than Fiction

True crime author Ann Rule, who wrote 33 books, died Sunday. Ms. Rule broke out with her first book, The Stranger Beside Me, in 1980. In it she profiled the serial killer Ted Bundy, whom she got to know while sharing the late shift at a Seattle suicide hotline.

Take a Risk with Your Reading

Recently I was painting a portrait in acrylics, when a large chunk of the painted cheek broke off. It left a depression that I could not fill up or blend away with more paint. So I took a risk. I changed the depression into a wound and added a black eye for good measure. It didn’t turn out great, but it was fun trying something different. We should do the same with our reading habits. Instead of reading the same authors, or the same type of fiction, try something new.

Business Beach Reads

As you pack for your summer vacation, consider tucking some enlightenment about the business world into your suitcase. If you would rather read the thriller The Precipice by the pool, then give yourself a schedule to finish a chapter or two a week of a business book that could change your work habits.


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