David Foster Wallace – “This is Water”

David Foster Wallace – “This is Water”

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Metanexus is happy to plug the late David Foster Wallace’s 2005 Commencement Speech at Kenyon College in this season of graduations. Here are some wise words and compelling prose from the literary and existential genius.

The abridged version is 9:22 minutes long and beautifully illustrated with a montage of images following the text. The unabridged version is 22:44 minutes long and illustrated with a still photo of Wallace giving the address.

Quotable excerpts from “This is Water” can be found at http://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/6160130-this-is-water-some-thoughts-delivered-on-a-significant-occasion-about

A pdf of talk is online at http://www.metastatic.org/text/This%20is%20Water.pdf

A bound book is available for a price, which makes a nice gift to a graduate or yourself: 

This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life