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Assume the Worst: The Graduation Speech You'll Never Hear Hardcover – April 10, 2018
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“Pointed and humorous; a good gift for the neighbor's kid's graduation.”
"...you will be tempted to carry it around forever in your back pocket as a quick reference guide for life. Think of this book as the pocket edition of the Dead Sea Scrolls.”
"A book that everyone who’s changing course must read."
—The Florida Times-Union
"...young people graduating from high school or college this year can count themselves lucky if someone gives them this book as a gift."
—Tampa Bay Times
About the Author
CARL HIAASEN was born and raised in Florida. He is the author of fourteen previous novels, including the best sellers Bad Monkey, Lucky You, Nature Girl, Razor Girl, Sick Puppy, Skinny Dip, Star Island, and five best-selling children's books, Chomp, Flush, Hoot, Scat, and Skink. His most recent work of nonfiction is Dance of the Reptiles, a collection of his columns from The Miami Herald.
ROZ CHAST grew up in Brooklyn. Her cartoons began appearing in The New Yorker in 1978, where she has since published more than one thousand. She wrote and illustrated, most recently, Going Into Town; the #1 New York Times best seller Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, a National Book Critics Circle Award and Kirkus Prize winner and a finalist for the National Book Award; What I Hate: From A to Z; and her cartoon collections The Party, After You Left and Theories of Everything.
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It summarizes us in such definite, easy to understand and sobering terms!
And it brings us down to Earth from our aspirational heaven.
I especially liked the portion where we confuse technology with evolution! Just the opposite is true.
Will read it again and again!
I could copy the entire essay with my underlinings and notes. Some of my favorite notes are:
“Force yourself to experiment with kindness, even when the impulse eludes you.”
“Corruption is another dreary fact of life, and the worst scoundrels are often likable and smooth. Try not to fall for their act. From the local zoning board to the halls of Congress, your mistrust will seldom be misplaced.” (Cynic that I am, this is my favorite quote.)
A wonderful graduation ‘speech’ - one everyone should hear and adhere to, no matter one’s age.