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If This Isn't Nice, What Is?
If This Isn't Nice, What Is?
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If This Isn't Nice, What Is?

In this new edition of Kurt Vonnegut’s beloved collection of campus speeches, editor Dan Wakefield has unearthed three early gems as a sort of prequel—the anti-war Moratorium Day speech he gave in Barnstable, Massachusetts, in October 1969, a 1970 speech to Bennington College recommending “skylarking,” and a 1974 speech to Hobart and William Smith Colleges about the importance of extended families in an age of loneliness.

Vonnegut himself never graduated college, so his words of admonition, advice, and hilarity always carried the delight, gentle irony, and generosity of someone savoring the promise of his fellow citizens—especially the young—rather than his own achievements.

In each of these pieces, Vonnegut takes pains to find the few things worth saying, in a voice that isn’t heavy-handed or pretentious or glib, but funny, joyful, and serious too, even if sometimes without seeming so.

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256 pages.

Paperback.