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This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life

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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 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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"Striking...is [Wallace's] evocative insight and humor." Mother Jones

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"We read Wallace because he forces us to think. He makes us consider what's beneath us and around us — like water." The Christian Science Monitor

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"David Foster Wallace's unbelievable graduation speech...will inspire you." Daily Candy

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Only once did 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. The speech captures Wallace's electric intellect as well as his grace in attention to others.

About the Author

David Foster Wallace is the author of the novels Infinite Jest and The Broom of the System and the story collections Oblivion, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, and Girl with Curious Hair. His nonfiction includes the essay collections Consider the Lobster and A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, and the full-length work Everything and More. He died in 2008.

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I think this is probably the most meaningful thing I have ever read. David Foster Wallace never stops amazing me with his intellect, passion and, most importantly, kindness.
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ISBN:
9780316068222
Subtitle:
Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life
Author:
Wallace, David Foster
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Subject:
Mind & Body
Subject:
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
Conduct of life
Subject:
Education, humanistic
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Motivational & Inspirational
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Philosophy | Ethics
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Speeches; Conduct of life; Personal growth; Motivation; Philosophy; Ethics
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Publication Date:
April 2009
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
144
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6.60x4.60x.60 in. .35 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Only once did 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. The speech captures Wallace's electric intellect as well as his grace in attention to others.
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