Puget Sound English Department

May 8, 2009

Timothy Egan’s Advice to Graduates

Filed under: Activities off Campus — O. @ 2:43 am

It is the season of graduation-speeches, when much advice is dispensed.  In the New York Times, Timothy Egan offers his own advice but also mentions the famous “wear sunscreen” “speech” written by Mary Smich but falsely attributed to Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.  An excerpt from Egan’s piece:

“Avoid phony controversies. Especially ones over religion. Just now, there’s a perfect example of this in the kerfuffle of President Obama’s upcoming graduation speech at Notre Dame.

It is said that a handful of devout Catholics cannot bear to let the president of the republic speak at one of America’s great universities because Obama is pro-choice on abortion. What would Jesus do? Take a seat on the lawn and hear the man out.”

…And here is a link to the rest of Egan’s column/blog from May 6 in the New York Times:

http://egan.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/05/06/dear-graduate/

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