If This Isn't Nice, What Is?: Advice for the Young

If This Isn't Nice, What Is?: Advice for the Young➜ [Epub] ❧ If This Isn't Nice, What Is?: Advice for the Young By Kurt Vonnegut Jr. ➦ – Oaklandjobs.co.uk 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 th Master storyteller and Isn't Nice, PDF Ì 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 graduationAs edited by Dan Wakefield, this book reads like a If This PDF/EPUB or 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 adultThis This Isn't Nice, MOBI ð audiobook 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. Some of the ideas are fantastic, and there are some wonderfully wacky Vonnegut like moments, but I don t think this works well as a collection It was very repetitive and I wish I d just read one speech or had seen a video Like this one Just watch this instead Some of the ideas are fantastic, and there are some wonderfully wacky Vonnegut like moments, but I don t think this works well as a collection It was very repetitive and I wish I d just read one speech or had seen a video Like this one Just watch this instead One of the funniest stories I ever learned about Kurt Vonnegut was what he said as a eulogy to science fiction writer Isaac Asimov At Asimov s funeral, to the assembled guests, Vonnegut began his address with these words Well, he s in heaven now Vonnegut recalls that the mourners broke up in laughter It was so humorous because Asimov was an outspoken atheist This anecdote is vintage Kurt, satirizing anything and everything and at the most ironic times If This Isn t Nice What Is is a co One of the funniest stories I ever learned about Kurt Vonnegut was what he said as a eulogy to science fiction writer Isaac Asimov At Asimov s funeral, to the assembled guests, Vonnegut began his address with these words Well, he s in heaven now Vonnegut recalls that the mourners broke up in laughter It was so humorous because Asimov was an outspoken atheist This anecdote is vintage Kurt, satirizing anything and everything and at the most ironic times If This Isn t Nice What Is is a collection of speeches Vonnegut delivered to graduating classes and other pep talks After becoming a best selling and famous writer, Vonnegut also became a well sought after speaker Like the best of Vonnegut s writing, these essays are so enjoyable because they are playful and profound at the same time Like Asimov, Vonnegut was a humanist as well, but unlike Asimov and so many others, he was not a virulent, in your face atheist, who displays as much zeal in denouncing God as many believers do trying to win converts Vonnegut invited people to listen to Jesus kind and gentle words and to go to church He was all about community and living together peacefully and these speeches are wonderful reminders about the best of what he had to say Would have loved to have Kurt Vonnegut as a commencement speaker I have no basis for complaint Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke at my graduation and was a fantastic speaker it just seems I want everything If This Isn t Nice, What Is Advice for the Young is an edited collection of commencement speeches Vonnegut gave basically in the last decade of his life Here are a few takeouts We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down Practicing an art, no mat Would have loved to have Kurt Vonnegut as a commencement speaker I have no basis for complaint Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke at my graduation and was a fantastic speaker it just seems I want everything If This Isn t Nice, What Is Advice for the Young is an edited collection of commencement speeches Vonnegut gave basically in the last decade of his life Here are a few takeouts We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven s sake Sing in the shower Dance to the radio Tell stories I apologize now I apologize because of the terrible mess the planet is in But it has always been a mess There have never been any Good Old Days, there have just been days And as I say to my grandchildren, Don t look at me I just got here myself So you know what I m going to do I declare everybody here a member of Generation A Tomorrow is another day for all of us You definitely get a sense of Vonnegut s humanism and his personality in these and other snippets from his speeches The collection offers both real advice and a way of getting to know what s important to Vonnegut If you are a Vonnegut fan, you will enjoy And here I am a few years ago talking with the editor of this collection and writer, Dan Wakefield, about Kurt Vonnegut Great guy and great conversation I can t say enough good things about Kurt Vonnegut Since this is a collection of his graduation speeches, I went to YouTube first to re watch some of his interviews and recorded presentations to hear his voice and prime my brain with an idea of his delivery, his intonation, his vocal tics and pauses and throat clearings, his grandfatherly warmth.Here s the best of the bunch though who knows if the link will still point anywhere by the time you read this Kurt Vonnegut on the Shapes of Storie I can t say enough good things about Kurt Vonnegut Since this is a collection of his graduation speeches, I went to YouTube first to re watch some of his interviews and recorded presentations to hear his voice and prime my brain with an idea of his delivery, his intonation, his vocal tics and pauses and throat clearings, his grandfatherly warmth.Here s the best of the bunch though who knows if the link will still point anywhere by the time you read this Kurt Vonnegut on the Shapes of Stories Here s another grand one though it cuts off too abruptly at the end , a 2005 interview with PBS, which kicks off with Q How s life A Well, it s practically over, thank god and veers into the political realm, showing kindness and optimism but also sadness and a touch of anger all the qualities we identify in Vonnegut s strongest writing.As for this book Dan Wakefield presents a helpful introduction to provide some context, and Vonnegut s own words are, of course, insightful, inspiring, wistful, and funny It s nice But you probably expected that already Every speech in here contains a 5 star idea When you read them all together, you will see some repetition But only a damn fool would say repeating a 5 star idea lessens its value Vonnegut was not a damn fool An old fool, sure, but that s only to be expected.5 stars out of 5 I stumbled across this book by happenstance and was amazed when I realized that this was the perfect book I could read at this precise moment in my life I have just graduated college and Mr Vonnegut s words for the young have been inspiring and thought provoking while ever maintaining his unique sense of wit I was taught multiple life lessons over the course of a couple hours I found myself, for days, mulling over his ideas that surfaced throughout this collection of words I was shocked b I stumbled across this book by happenstance and was amazed when I realized that this was the perfect book I could read at this precise moment in my life I have just graduated college and Mr Vonnegut s words for the young have been inspiring and thought provoking while ever maintaining his unique sense of wit I was taught multiple life lessons over the course of a couple hours I found myself, for days, mulling over his ideas that surfaced throughout this collection of words I was shocked by the enlightening truths I found For one, that the older generations are muchour contemporaries than we youth tend to think or want to admit This is evidenced when he said, I apologize because of the terrible mess the planet is in But it has always been a mess There have never been any Good Old Days, there have just been days And as I say to my grandchildren, Don t look at me I just got here myself Now, isn t that true in the grand scheme of things Why don tpeople realize this, and why did it take me so long to realize it myself His sense of community and thoughts about how people need enough people really made me contemplate my view of community And in actuality, he caused me to reassess my needs What inspires me What makes me tick Do I have enough people I recently took a trip to Portland His brilliance and the ghost of his words followed me there One night, sitting in the cool summer Oregon air, I was warming my feet by a backyard fire pit As I lazily watched the orange flame light dance on the pine tree needles as the tall forms framed the bright constellations in the black sky, I couldn t help but say to myself, If this isn t nice, what is Been way too long since I ve read Vonnegut This is a great collection of speeches that highlights his simply marvelous and marvelously simple humanist ideas Speaking of simply marvelous, my beautiful new daughter Reese Elisabeth Floridia enjoyed it too And speaking of being a marvelous human, here is what Nanny Vonnegut was magnanimous enough to draw just for Reese All I have left to say is Boy, isn t this nice Been way too long since I ve read Vonnegut This is a great collection of speeches that highlights his simply marvelous and marvelously simple humanist ideas Speaking of simply marvelous, my beautiful new daughter Reese Elisabeth Floridia enjoyed it too And speaking of being a marvelous human, here is what Nanny Vonnegut was magnanimous enough to draw just for Reese All I have left to say is Boy, isn t this nice And that tiny part of the population which appreciates the arts is well taken care of, is often appalled by how much good stuff there is to read and see and listen to We have plenty of art in America It is social justice which is in gruesomely short supply103 Despite the repetition in these speeches across the collection, and in my case, the repetition that came from having just read A Man Without a Country quite a bit of which overlaps, sometimes verbatim, with the speeches included hereAnd that tiny part of the population which appreciates the arts is well taken care of, is often appalled by how much good stuff there is to read and see and listen to We have plenty of art in America It is social justice which is in gruesomely short supply103 Despite the repetition in these speeches across the collection, and in my case, the repetition that came from having just read A Man Without a Country quite a bit of which overlaps, sometimes verbatim, with the speeches included here things did not become tedious When something is good and funny and witty enough, repetition is welcome but maybe don t read all of the speeches in a row give them a little time to air And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, If this isn t nice, I don t know what is I keep meaning to readKurt Vonnegut Slaughterhouse Five somehow did not have the transcendent effect on me it has on so many other reader But this collection of graduation speeches Vonnegut made in his later years, as an oft invited speaker, paints a picture of a warm human being with gentle humor and some degree of self depreciating wisdom He w And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, If this isn t nice, I don t know what is I keep meaning to readKurt Vonnegut Slaughterhouse Five somehow did not have the transcendent effect on me it has on so many other reader But this collection of graduation speeches Vonnegut made in his later years, as an oft invited speaker, paints a picture of a warm human being with gentle humor and some degree of self depreciating wisdom He was president of the Humanitarian Society, one of those squishy liberals who vex Christians so much by actually believing in all the stuff Jesus said without believing in Jesus 1492 As children we were taught to memorize this year with pride and joy as the year people began living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America Actually, people had been living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America for hundreds of years before that 1492 was simply the year sea pirates began to rob, cheat, and kill them Affectionate toward his country, while also disgusted as hell, Vonnegut was a man who saw Dresden burn in World War II, and then watched Korea and Viet Nam and the Cold War happen His speeches are full of warmth and humanity and jokes that range from funny to canned This collection, If This Isn t Nice, What Is , was a free download from Audible Since it collects several of his speeches, you can hear him repeating themes, even lines, but a fairly full picture of his philosophy emerges If you want to really hurt your parents, and you don t have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts I m not kidding The arts are not a way to make a living They are a very human way of making lifebearable Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven s sake Sing in the shower Dance to the radio Tell stories Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem Do it as well as you possible can You will get an enormous reward You will have created something He was a great guy It would have been an honor to meet him This collection has no truly brilliant gems of wisdom or scintillating one liners, but it s certainly worth having for any Vonnegut fan, and worth listening to if you have any interest in the man at all True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country I wish I could watch these lectures. Though the introduction describes this as a collection of speeches which were written for each oration, as opposed to having a standardized speech adjusted per each separate occasion, the repetition of ideas and phrases makes it feel as though you have already read it all about halfway through Regardless, Kurt is always a good read and the bits of tangent wisdom stand out amongst those which have been stated before.

If This Isn't Nice, What Is?: Advice for the Young
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  • 144 pages
  • If This Isn't Nice, What Is?: Advice for the Young
  • Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
  • English
  • 06 June 2019
  • 1480537373