Horse Racing Journalism

The more I learn about Kurt Vonnegut, the more I love him, and I already love him a lot. Somehow, though, I had never actually heard this story before:

“In the mid 1950s, Vonnegut worked very briefly for Sports Illustrated magazine, where he was assigned to write a piece on a racehorse that had jumped a fence and attempted to run away. After staring at the blank piece of paper on his typewriter all morning, he typed, ‘The horse jumped over the fucking fence,’ and left.”

– from Wikipedia’s entry on Kurt Vonnegut.

To be fair and balanced, he really should have gotten a pull quote from the horse.


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