If This Isn't Nice, What Is?

If This Isn't Nice, What Is?

Advice to the Young : the Graduation Speeches

eBook - 2013
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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 unique, insightful, and witty, and they stayed with audience members long after graduation. 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 high school or college graduates-or for parents and grandparents who remember Vonnegut fondly and want to connect with him in a new context.
Publisher: Made available through hoopla, 2013.
[United States] : RosettaBooks, 2013.
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Additional Contributors: Wakefield, Dan
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Jun 21, 2015

I have not really read much vonnegut. I enjoy a good essay and ran across this collection of graduation speeches which he had given over the years.
First, Vonnegut does not seem to be much of a public speaker. His fiction may be great, but his speeches read pretty stiff.
The best advice he gives is reflected in the title, and has the flavor of stopping to smell roses. He suggests, when things are good, that you pause to enjoy and think "If this isn't nice, what is?" I think this is a great suggestion, and actually find myself doing just that.
Vonnegut speaks, often, about surrounding yourself with people to get through life. He feels as if we have lost the clans and villages that served as extended family.
It's a short read, with tidbits to ponder.

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