Kurt Vonnegut Teaches Grads What Artists Do

Syracuse University students get a lesson in what artists do from Kurt Vonnegut’s 1994 graduation speech.

The teacher whose name I mentioned when we all remembered good teachers asked me one time, “What is it artists do?” And I mumbled something. “They do two things,” he said. “First, they admit they can’t straighten out the whole universe. And then second, they make at least one little part of it exactly as it should be."
Illustration by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.