In 1970, Kurt Vonnegut was the guest speaker in a class at NYU. He spoke about his parents, his life as a writer, and his thoughts on what it means to be an artist. According to Vonnegut, nothing really means anything, so artists have to be a little paranoid to do what they do. It's like putting together pieces of a puzzle - artists are constantly creating meaning out of nothing.
Watch this video to hear the whole speech.