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THIS IS WATER | Reblog Series #5

In 2005, author David Foster Wallace was asked to give the commencement address to the 2005 graduating class of Kenyon College. However, the resulting speech didn’t become widely known until 3 years later, after his tragic death. It is, without a doubt, some of the best life advice we’ve ever come across, and perhaps the most simple and elegant explanation of the real value of education.
We made this video, built around an abridged version of the original audio recording, with the hopes that the core message of the speech could reach a wider audience who might not have otherwise been interested. However, we encourage everyone to seek out the full speech (because, in this case, the book is definitely better than the movie).
-The Glossary

It’s been a while since I’ve come across something inspirational, or anything remotely (realistically) useful for life through my English studies. This week’s readings were dedicated to David Foster Wallace’s fiction, short stories – one of which, Good Old Neon (discussed in previous post) I found most accessible.

Unsurprisingly, and mostly tragic; we find a clear connection between Wallace’s mental state, his 20 years coping with depression, reflected onto his characters (particularly that of Neal in GON). It is hard to believe, and yet not so hard to believe his suicide, even after an inspirational speech such as this, that suggests we have the choice to see beyond our hyper self consciousness and escape our solipsism.

Wallace definitely achieves in connecting with his readers, afterall, fiction should really be about “what it is to be a fucking human being”.

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