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Here’s Why You Need to Watch This
Like many people, I graduated college.
At the time, I could’ve explained Nabokov but not the value of my education, at least not in so many words.
My daughter is a sophomore in high school and looking at colleges now.
She isn’t sure exactly what she wants to learn.
On May 21, 2005, David Foster Wallace delivered the consummate commencement speech at Kenyon College:
This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life.
(I plan on giving my daughter a copy of the speech for her high school graduation.)
I could’ve used his words when I graduated college, or during high school, or long before that, even.
I am still using them, and I use them all the time.
It’s got nothing to do with college, not really.
Was David Foster Wallace a yogi?
I don’t know the answer to that, but he sure sounds like one.
The film The End of the Tour opens nationwide on August 14, 2015.
It tells the story of a five-day interview between a Rolling Stone reporter and Wallace following the publication of his iconic novel Infinite Jest.
My hope is that the film moves people to pick up Wallace’s work and find themselves in awe of the brilliant mind that he was.
My hope is that people, myself included, will try to think about their own thinking.
Try is perhaps the operative word in This is Water.
I was taught in writing class to avoid exaggerations, but there’s no other way to say it… Listen to this.
It will be the best twenty-two minutes you’ll ever spend. (Or maybe you’ll just like it a lot.)
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