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This Is Water - David Foster Wallace
This Is Water
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Only once did David Foster Wallace give a public talk on his views on life, during a commencement address given in 2005 at Kenyon College. The speech is reprinted for the first time in book form in THIS IS WATER. How does one keep from going through their comfortable, prosperous adult life... show more
Only once did David Foster Wallace give a public talk on his views on life, during a commencement address given in 2005 at Kenyon College. The speech is reprinted for the first time in book form in THIS IS WATER. How does one keep from going through their comfortable, prosperous adult life unconsciously? How do we get ourselves out of the foreground of our thoughts and achieve compassion? The speech captures Wallace's electric intellect as well as his grace in attention to others. After his death, it became a treasured piece of writing reprinted in The Wall Street Journal and the London Times, commented on endlessly in blogs, and emailed from friend to friend.Writing with his one-of-a-kind blend of causal humor, exacting intellect, and practical philosophy, David Foster Wallace probes the challenges of daily living and offers advice that renews us with every reading.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780316068222 (0316068225)
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pages no: 137
Edition language: English
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brilliance. uplifting. straight forward. simple, but eloquent and meaningful.
audreyhawkins
audreyhawkins rated it
This reminded me of Bertrand Russell's book on happiness. Wallace has the same approach to boredom, routine, and all the other people trapped here on earth with us, milling about getting in our way at the check-out line.
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5.0 David Foster Wallace inspirational speech to graduates
Watch this video today. It was made a few years back. But it is inspiring. This is how I think sometimes, when I'm aware that I got irritated for being in a situation that no one is at fault. It is just the way it is. This is Water- a videoThe full recording.This is Water part 1This is Water part 2O...
Skinny Dipping Into Books
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5.0
brilliance. uplifting. straight forward. simple, but eloquent and meaningful.
Victoria Reads Books
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"The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day."I generally refrain from holding authors in such high regard u...
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