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Author Vonnegut, Kurt, author

Title If this isn't nice, what is? : the graduation speeches and other words to live by / Kurt Vonnegut
Edition Second edition
Published New York: RosettaBooks, 2016
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Contents Introduction -- Baccalaureate -- How to make money and find love! -- Advice to graduating women (that all men should know!) -- How to have something most billionaires don't -- How music cures our ills (and there are lots of them) -- What the "ghost dance" of the Native Americans and the French painters who led the Cubist movement have in common -- How I learned from a teacher what artists do -- Don't forget where you come from -- Why social justice does more than art to nourish the American dream -- How to be a wise guy or a wise girl -- Why you can't stop me from speaking ill of Thomas Jefferson -- Don't despair if you never went to college! -- How I got my first job as a reporter and learned to write in a simple, direct way, while not getting a degree in anthropology -- Somebody whould have told me not to join a fraternity -- The most censored writer of his time defends the First Amendment -- My dog likes everybody, but that was not inspired by ancient Greece and Rome or the Renaissance -- Unstuck in time : quotes to ponder
Summary "Like his literary ancestor Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut's crankiness is good-humored and sharp-witted."--A.O. Scott in The New York Times Book ReviewMaster storyteller and satirist Kurt Vonnegut was one of the most in-demand commencement speakers of his time. For each occasion, Vonnegut's words were unfailingly unique, insightful, and witty, and they stayed with audience members long after graduation.This expanded second edition includes more than sixty pages of further thoughts from Kurt (whose good advice wasn't limited to graduation speeches).As edited by Dan Wakefield, this book reads like a narrative in the unique voice that made Vonnegut a hero to readers of all ages. At times hilarious, razor-sharp, freewheeling, and deeply serious, these reflections are ideal for anyone undergoing what Vonnegut would call their "long-delayed puberty ceremony"--marking the passage from student to full-time adult.This book makes the perfect gift for people on the precipice of change/growth--from high school students to college graduates--or for anyone who will appreciate Vonnegut's playful, profound wisdom
Notes Online resource; title from EPUB title page (OverDrive, viewed April 28, 2016)
Subject Baccalaureate addresses.
Speeches, addresses, etc., American.
Genre/Form Speeches.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0795348649 (electronic bk)
9780795348648 (electronic bk)