Even before she made a name for herself on the silver screen starring in films like Pitch Perfect , Up in the Air , Twilight , and Into the Woods , Anna Kendrick was unusually small, weird, and “10 percent defiant.” At the ripe age of thirteen, she had already resolved to “keep the crazy inside my head where it belonged. Forever. But here’s the thing about crazy: It. Wants. Out.” In her autobiographical collection of essays Scrappy Little Nobody , she invites readers inside her brain, sharing extraordinary and charmingly ordinary stories with candor and winningly wry observations.
It can be speculated and reasonably defended that in his advanced age Vonnegut no longer felt up to the task of composing a conventional novel in the same way he did before. Therefore, as he outlined in the introduction and underlined throughout the volume, he transformed materials that were to be the beginnings of a novel into a series of essays, including commentaries on some of his earlier works. He uses Ernest Hemingway 's The Old Man and the Sea as a metaphor to explain why he attempted to salvage the ideas from his erstwhile framework for a novel entitled Timequake as segments and essays. He uses this metaphor to explain his decision not to develop the "flesh" of the novel, which he expected in his extended metaphor would ultimately be "eaten by sharks," corresponding both to the way Hemingway viewed the treatment of his works and to the way Vonnegut expected his own works would be treated, in light of the lack of energy he experienced and anticipating how it would affect Timequake as a novel.