Sometimes words of wisdom are not what you might expect them to be. George Saunders, one of our favorite authors here at Daedalus, had recently published his brilliant fiction collection Tenth of December (which would go on to win the Story Prize and the inaugural Folio Prize, and was a runner-up for the National Book Award) when he delivered a convocation address to Syracuse University's Class of 2013. His theme was simple: he had found that the things he regretted most in his life were those moments when he failed to be kinder. Yet his message was so entertaining and profound that it was soon posted on the New York Times website, and within days had been shared to a million more places on the Internet. It is presented in its entirety in this handsome little volume—an ideal graduation present—which can be read in five minutes, but whose message can be savored and considered for a lifetime.
"The loving selflessness that [George Saunders] advises and the interconnectedness that he recognizes couldn't be purer or simpler—or more challenging."—Kirkus Reviews