MELISSA BLOCK, Host:
NPR's Peter Sagal discovered Kurt Vonnegut's books as a teenager but only really appreciated them as an adult.
PETER SAGAL: As a teenager, I was an avid consumer of a particular genre of mass-market paperback books. These books tended to have colorful covers featuring pictures of outer space, alien creatures and attractive women wearing very little clothing. So the main appeal of a particular book I found, "The Sirens of Titan" was that it featured two out of the three. Here's a hint. No aliens.
BLOCK: But despite Vonnegut's constant threats to stop, he kept writing and kept talking, and kept making his jokes right up until his death. It's as good an example as any until the aliens really do come. Greetings.
BLOCK: Peter Sagal is the host of NPR's news quiz, WAIT, WAIT, DON'T TELL ME.
BLOCK: I'm Melissa Block. You're listening to ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News.
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