An excerpt of This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life, the only college commencement speech David Foster Wallace gave. A few days ago I bought the full text, not much bigger than those sentimental gift books on display in a Barnes & Noble check out line. If you watch anything today, let it be this. Listen to his voice and his words (the video’s outstanding, too, a short film with his voiceover) and you’ll understand why reading one of his essays decided my future as a writer.

I’m Amused By His Description Of Everyday Life. At 7:03, I Understand The Meaning Of True Happiness

Lack of communication is unhealthy.

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