If This Isn't Nice, What Is? (Hardcover)
Advice to the Young: The Graduation Speeches
Seven Stories Press, 9781609805913, 123pp.
Publication Date: April 8, 2014
Selected and introduced by fellow novelist and friend Dan Wakefield, the speeches in "If This Isn t Nice, What Is? "capture this side of Kurt Vonnegut for the first time in book form. There are nine speeches, seven given at colleges, one to the Indiana Civil Liberties Union, one on the occasion of Vonnegut receiving the Carl Sandburg Award. In each of these talks Vonnegut takes pains to find the few things worth saying and a conversational voice to say them in that isn t heavy-handed or pretentious or glib, but funny and serious and joyful even if sometimes without seeming so.
About the Author
A longtime friend of Kurt Vonnegut s, Dan Wakefield edited and introduced "Kurt Vonnegut: Letters." Wakefield is the author of the memoirs "New York in the Fifties" and "Returning: A Spiritual Journey." His novel, "Going All the Way" was made into a movie starring Ben Affleck. Wakefield also created the NBC prime time series, "James at Fifteen." He lives in Indianapolis, Indiana."""
Praise For If This Isn't Nice, What Is?: Advice to the Young: The Graduation Speeches…
“Like [that of] his literary ancestor Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut’s crankiness is good-humored and sharp-witted.”—A.O. Scott in The New York Times Book Review