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by David Foster Wallace
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Skinny Dipping Into Books
Skinny Dipping Into Books rated it 5 years ago
brilliance. uplifting. straight forward. simple, but eloquent and meaningful.
audreyhawkins
audreyhawkins rated it 5 years ago
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.
XOX
XOX rated it 5 years ago
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
Skinny Dipping Into Books rated it 5 years ago
brilliance. uplifting. straight forward. simple, but eloquent and meaningful.
Victoria Reads Books
Victoria Reads Books rated it 5 years ago
"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...
A Few Thoughts
A Few Thoughts rated it 5 years ago
This Is Water is David Foster Wallace's commencement address to the 2005 graduates of Kenyon College.It's also the closest DFW ever got to writing his thoughts on the "meaning of life". It doesn't take long and you may or may not agree with any of it, but he was an brilliant writer with a genuine d...
Infinite Joe
Infinite Joe rated it 6 years ago
Not really a book, but a transcript of the commencement address he gave to Kenyon College a bunch of years back.Very thoughtful and inspiring, and a call to get us to be more attentive and aware to others, and not to simply exist within ourselves, our default setting.If you don't want to spend the m...
sonjbean
sonjbean rated it 6 years ago
“Capital T-truth is about life before death.”So, I'm pretty much convinced now that David Foster Wallace was the most beautiful human being to ever exist.“The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other peop...
Blogged Out Ma Nut
Blogged Out Ma Nut rated it 6 years ago
Depressing? Probably some other external and unfamiliar connected emotion... Simple, true, very difficult.
riley
riley rated it 7 years ago
Thought provoking and, for the most part, very good advice. I'm glad I didn't buy it, as it's so short and looks expensive. Did I just say that? Does that mean I missed the point? Tehehe
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