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The College Musings of Kurt Vonnegut

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“Well all right.”

It doesn’t have quite the same ring to it as “So it goes,” but the pointed understatement and faux-cheerful stoicism are already in place. As is the skeptical attitude toward the glories of mass slaughter. We at Seven Stories hereby present to you the “Well All Right,” the college musings of Kurt Vonnegut.

In the Cornell Daily Sun article linked above, a twenty-year-old Vonnegut eerily prefigures the subject matter of his later novels. “Cheers for the Army, the Navy . . . the WAAC’s, the WAAVs,” Vonnegut writes, mocking the gung-ho attitude of the university’s war recruiters and the nation at large, “to hell with the slackers in college.” Decrying the revolving door between war recruiters and the university, he seeks to remind his fellow students that there’s no shame in putting aside war for a moment and getting an education. Aside from attending classes, Vonnegut writes, “what we do is justly our own damned business!”

Yet in three month’s time the author himself had left Cornell for the Army.

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Ecoreading on sale for Earth Day!

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It’s Earth Day!  Earth Day XLVI, to be exact, and observers all over are largely focusing on the US and China, two of the world’s biggest contributors to climate change, which have agreed to mark the day by formally signing the Paris Agreement, a binding resolution on curbing ecological destruction that has been joined by 120 countries.

At Seven Stories, we’re marking the occasion by offering 50% off all our titles related to climate change and ecological activism, including Subhankar Banerjee‘s Arctic Voices, a stunning collection of first-hand accounts from the front lines of the war to protect our frozen north; Noam Chomsky and Laray Polk‘s Nuclear War and Environmental Catastrophe, a book of stark warning aboutthe twin dangers of too much and too little action; Tom Athanasiou and Paul Baer‘s Dead Heat, a polemic that connects hand-wringing over climate to bigger issues of justice along lines of ferocious clarity; and, of course, our suite of books by the uncompromising Derrick Jensen, the poet-philosopher of the ecological movement whose books, many and pathbreaking, include DreamsWhat We Leave Behind, and many more, including, with comic artist Stephanie McMillan, the surprisingly merry As the World Burns: Fifty Simple Things You Can Do to Stay in Denial.

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PEN World Voices!

Every spring, New York City enjoys the intercultural literary splendor of the World Voices Festival, produced by PEN America! This year, Seven Stories Press is pleased to have three authors participating: Abdellah Taïa, Guadalupe Nettel, and Linh Dinh. For a complete schedule of this year’s festival, please visit the PEN website. Below is a listing of all WV events featuring Seven Stories authors!

Wednesday, April 27th 6.30pm $40
Literary Quest: Tenement Museum Edition
at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum
(103 Orchard Street, 10002)
Featuring: Rashidah Ismaili, Eisa Davis, Richard Price, Colm Tóibín, Olga Tokarczuk, Sunjeev Sahota, Veronica Gonzalez Peña, and Guadalupe Nettel
 
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Translating Activism: Ayotzinapa and Beyond
at Dixon Place
(161A Chrystie Street, 10002)
Featuring: Cristina Rivera-Garza and Linh Dinh
 
Thursday, April 28th 6.30pm $20
Literary Quest: Westbeth Edition
at the Westbeth Center for the Arts
(55 Bethune Street, 10014)
Featuring: Dalia Betolin-Sherman, Lorea Canales, Álvaro Enrigue, Saleem Haddad, Yuri Herrera, Andreï Makine, Karim Miské, Mark Nowak, Alexandre Vidal Porto, Susanna Reich, Fatima Shaik, Burhan Sönmez, Juan Villoro, Jorge Volpi, Klaus Wivel, and Abdellah Taïa
 
Thursday, April 28th 8pm $15
Women of Mexico
at Dixon Place
(161A Chrystie Street, 10002)
Featuring: Carmen Boullosa, Valeria Luiselli, Cristina Rivera-Garza, and Guadalupe Nettel
 
Friday, April 29th 6.30pm $12
Translation Slam
at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe
(236 East Third Street, 10009)
Featuring: Margaret Carson, Chris Clarke, Luis Felipe Fabre, Ezra Fitz, Michael F.

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