It seems fitting that one of the best American social commentators of the 21st century is celebrating one of the greatest social commentators of the 20th. Father John Misty is set to headline “Granfalloon: A Kurt Vonnegut Convergence,” a conference and city festival hosted by Indiana University Bloomington’s Arts and Humanities Council in Bloomington, Indiana May 10-12 near Vonnegut's hometown of Indianapolis.
In a paper by Peter C. Kunze and Robert T. Tally Jr., the authors posit that "Vonnegut makes sense through humor, which is, in the author's view, as valid a means of mapping this crazy world as any other strategies." FJM’s latest record, Pure Comedy, utilizes humor and absurdity to sort through the pitfalls of life in the early 21st century. It’s also no stretch of the imagination to think that "Pure Comedy" could be a title to a Vonnegut novel. Kindred spirits indeed.
The festival will also feature musical performances from Waxahatchee, Shabazz Palaces, Noname, Oh Sees and Baths. As Pitchfork pointed out, there will also be keynote speakers, scholarly lectures, staged readings and more. You can find more information at Indiana University’s Arts and Humanities website.