David Foster Wallace on the Meaning of Life

January 27, 2013

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 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.

It was the first time I heard this powerful speech this morning ~ hat tip Maria Popova who posted it on Brain Pickings today ~ if you have never heard it, take time out and listen – it blew me away!

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