Kurt Vonnegut

If This Isn't Nice What Is? (Much) Expanded Second Edition

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A collection of commencement speeches and other wit and wisdom from the New York Times–bestselling literary icon and author of Slaughterhouse-Five.
Master 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 insightful and witty, and they stayed with audience members long after graduation.
This expanded second edition also includes more than sixty pages of further thoughts from Kurt (whose good advice wasn’t limited to graduation speeches).
Edited by Dan Wakefield, and including such pieces as “How to Make Money and Find Love!,” “How to Have Something Most Billionaires Don’t,” and “Somebody Should Have Told Me Not to Join a Fraternity,” this book reads like a narrative in the unique voice that made Vonnegut a hero to readers everywhere. Hilarious, razor-sharp, freewheeling, and at times deeply serious, these reflections are ideal not just for graduates but for anyone undergoing what Vonnegut would call their “long-delayed puberty ceremony”—marking the long and challenging passage to full-time adulthood.
“Like Mark Twain, Mr. Vonnegut used humor to tackle the basic questions of human existence.” —The New York Times
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162 printed pages


    Kira Tulchinskayashared an impressionlast year
    👍Worth reading
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    a lighthearted read is always welcome. in the unprecedented uncertainty of the pandemic - even more so. loved this (still hate cats cradle)


    Roman Zinzerhas quoted8 months ago
    “True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.”
    Roman Zinzerhas quoted8 months ago
    I dare to say of Humanism what Lyndon Johnson said of politics. He said, “Politics ain’t hard. You just hang around and go to funerals.”
    Roman Zinzerhas quoted8 months ago
    This is it: only nutcases want to be president.

    This was true even in my high school. Only seriously disturbed people ran for class president.

    We might have psychiatrists examine all the can‍

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