A book of Kurt Vonnegut’s hilarious and heartfelt graduation speeches is now out, prompting us to ask Vonnegut’s long-time pal Dan Wakefield what makes Vonnegut’s work so appealing to new generations of readers?
RoboNinja. A name for garbled tongues and garbled times. Interstate mudlarks peer at him from beneath grotty brows as he passes, eyes the size of headlamps reflecting the gelid glow of his visor. He once tried obscuring the light with handfuls of ash, smeared across LEDs and his shining silver carapace like the penitential marks of a sect long forgotten. It had worked for a time, until the monsoon came mocking once more.