David foster wallace graduation speech

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Take a break from reading and watch this fantastic short film -- an adaptation of David Foster Wallace's major commencement speech delivered on May 21, at Kenyon College. Don't forget to come back, though, to learn why I keep forgetting about it. As celebrities' commencement addresses become headlines, it's important to note that "This Is Water" is perhaps the greatest commencement speech of all time. In a genre dominated by easy maxims and encouraging one-liners speakers aim at graduates more likely to immediately forget a theme than to carry it with them into their futures, Wallace's endures. I could never forget this theme, so it's perhaps surprising that I don't lean on it more. Wallace, an Amherst College graduate, does his alma mater proud in a speech that defends the purpose of a liberal arts education -- a popular topic these days in the age when the cost of a college education is scrutinized with greater fervency than its quality -- but no one has done it like Wallace at Kenyon.

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This is the first of many reality checks he gives to his fellow students. His address is not the typical pomp and circumstance addresses typical heard at any college or university. Wallace draws in the adults from the audience by connecting with them only on a level that the working classes guests and parents would understand. Next, Paul went through many changes throughout the course of the novel. He volunteered for war right after high school, changing many things in his life.
Wallace elaborates on the repetition and same stale setbacks that life throws at you. Being stressed with things such as work or relationships, often lead people into thinking they are the center of the universe and that the world revolves around them. When we only focus on ourselves, we forg

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