Magazine October 16, 2017, Issue

The Many-Sided Sci-Fi Master

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Complete Stories, by Kurt Vonnegut (Seven Stories Press, 911 pp., $45)

The cover of the August 1953 issue of Ladies’ Home Journal showed a woman wearing a polka-dot swim cap and smiling in foamy blue water. The text below her image advertised several articles but not “D.P.,” a touching short story inside about a boy in post-war Germany who is the orphaned son of a German mother and an African-American father — and what happens when he sees a black GI for the first time. In 1958, “D.P.” became source material for General Electric Theater, the CBS show hosted by Ronald Reagan. Sammy Davis Jr., making his debut as a television

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John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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Books, Arts & Manners




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