Author(s): Kurt Vonnegut
Best known as one of America's most astonishing and enduring contemporary novelists, Kurt Vonnegut was also a celebrated commencement address giver. If This Isn't Nice, What Is? collects the speeches and words of wisdom Vonnegut has shared with new graduates over the years. This much-expanded edition now includes a total of 15 of Vonnegut's speeches. In each, Vonnegut takes pains to find the few things worth saying and a conversational voice to say them in that isn't heavy-handed, pretentious or glib, but funny, serious and joyful.
Kurt Vonnegut (1922 2007) was among the very few grandmasters of late-twentieth-century American letters, one without whom the very term American literature would mean much less than it does now. Vonnegut s other books from Seven Stories Press include his last major bestseller" A Man Without a Country," as well as "God Bless You," "Dr. Kevorkian" and, with Lee Stringer, "Like Shaking Hands with God." In addition to these books, Seven Stories also publishes Kurt s son Mark Vonnegut s bestselling memoir, "Eden Express: A Memoir of Insanity," with a foreword by Kurt Vonnegut, and Gregory D. Sumner s history of Vonnegut s fourteen novels, "Unstuck in Time: A Journey Through Kurt Vonnegut s Life and Novels." 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 15." He lives in Indianapolis, Indiana."