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

This Is Water Some Thoughts Delivered on a Significant Occasion about Living a Compassionate Life Only once did David Foster Wallace give a public talk on his views on life during a commencement address given in at Kenyon College The speech is reprinted for the first time in book form in THI
  • Title: This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life
  • Author: David Foster Wallace
  • ISBN: 9780316068222
  • Page: 181
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life
    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 achOnly 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.
    This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life By David Foster Wallace,

    This is Water by David Foster Wallace Full Transcript and Apr , The speech was made into a thin book titled This Is Water Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life Here are the links to the original audio followed by the entire speech. This Is Water This Is Water Full version David Foster Wallace May , Commencement Speech to Kenyon College class of written by David Foster Wallace This is Water metastatic This is Water David Foster Wa ace There are these two young sh swimming along, and they happen to meet an older sh swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, Morning, boys, how s the water And the two young sh swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of This Is Water Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant This is Water is a guide to life Foster offers scenarios we are all familiar with and our reactions to them He then proposes an alternate approach to these mundane activities that can relieve the stress and tension they so often create My two takeaways from this book would be mindfulness and humility. This is Water by David Foster Wallace It is about making it to thirty, or maybe fifty, without wanting to shoot yourself in the head It is about simple awareness awareness of what is so real and essential, so hidden in plain sight all around us, that we have to keep reminding ourselves, over and over This is water, this is water.

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  • David Foster Wallace

    David Foster Wallace worked surprising turns on nearly everything novels, journalism, vacation His life was an information hunt, collecting hows and whys I received 500,000 discrete bits of information today, he once said, of which maybe 25 are important My job is to make some sense of it He wanted to write stuff about what it feels like to live Instead of being a relief from what it feels like to live Readers curled up in the nooks and clearings of his style his comedy, his brilliance, his humaneness.His life was a map that ends at the wrong destination Wallace was an A student through high school, he played football, he played tennis, he wrote a philosophy thesis and a novel before he graduated from Amherst, he went to writing school, published the novel, made a city of squalling, bruising, kneecapping editors and writers fall moony eyed in love with him He published a thousand page novel, received the only award you get in the nation for being a genius, wrote essays providing the best feel anywhere of what it means to be alive in the contemporary world, accepted a special chair at California s Pomona College to teach writing, married, published another book and, last month Sept 2008 , hanged himself at age 46 excerpt from The Lost Years Last Days of David Foster Wallace by David Lipsky in Rolling Stone Magazine October 30, 2008.Among Wallace s honors were a Whiting Writers Award 1987 , a Lannan Literary Award 1996 , a Paris Review Aga Khan Prize for Fiction 1997 , a National Magazine Award 2001 , three O Henry Awards 1988, 1999, 2002 , and a MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant.More thehowlingfantods dfw

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  • This is Water, like The Communist Manifesto, is an unfortunate document Both are occasional pieces written for a narrowly prescribed purpose Both appear to be distillates of a much broader, systematic force of thinking Both are of a genre which have very tight constraints the commencement speech and the manifesto which dictate and limit the possibilities for both form and content Both are widely read by those not familiar with that systematic thought By not taking into account the genre of each [...]


  • This is Water Water Now I love that metaphor I end up addressing many things and their traits and their progresses and their declines through this unbound source of immense satiation But how does this fit into a speech delivered to students, facing a future that s unknown and by that very virtue, intimidating Ah well, the thoughts weaved into this beautiful message says it all For a text that I ended up highlighting half of, I would like to take this particular insight with me, forever You get t [...]


  • This may come as a surprise to people who know me, but I never read this before it came out in book format I knew it existed, but like most of the occasional and short pieces by DFW I held off on reading them At the time his writing came out so infrequently, that I always wanted to have things of his to read at some point in the future, when I would really want something new of his Of course that has changed to their being nothing new to release, except for unpublished things that might see the [...]



  • Better heard spoken for the full sting A powerful speech but the message seems to be rather simple don t be a selfish asshat Or is that a little reductive Anyway one star for the cash in and four stars for the speech Coming soon from Little, Brown in DVD books The Best Hesitant Pauses on KCRW s Bookworm, The Ten Best Awkward Selfconscious Squirming Moments on Charlie Rose, and Half Remembered Conversations Anyone Has Ever Had With DFW Also available from the DFW Tacky Cash in Emporium DFW headba [...]


  • so it gets five stars because of how terribly sad i still am i read this online, of course, years and years ago, but i reread it in book form, just to see if anything had been added it hasn t just the fact of his death on the flap i d really rather have added material than that fact, wouldn t you and i also would have liked this to have been delivered at my graduation i mean, i had quincy jones, i can t complain too much, but still despite all the good advice in this book, i am a complainer so, [...]


  • There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says Morning, boys How s the water And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes What the hell is water What DFW wanted to get across with this little story was that the most obvious realities are often the hardest ones to talk about To David Foster Wallace, this difficuilt, but most obvious reality was that [...]


  • This Is Water is kind of like a modern version of Rainer Maria Rilke s Letters to a Young Poet With the exception, of course, that This Is Water is not a collection of letters, does not discuss poetry or writing, and is not addressed to a single individual but to a college s entire student body Other than that, though, they re pretty much the same thing.What I mean is that there s something very inspirational for lack of a better word in these texts whose words seem to have been composed on the [...]



  • FURTHER UPDATED REVIEW consolidation of general remarks of mine from review comment threads for this book speech Is This Speech Depressing I have to respectfully disagree and say that I found this to be uplifting in a really serious way like my version of a Chicken Soup For The Soul sense of uplifting er, uh, something which is a feeling of redemption via facing messy truths and feeling my own thoughts to be extremely validated by his beautiful ideas and phrasings I d read it many times over bef [...]


  • There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says Morning, boys How s the water And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes What the hell is water My first literary quote shirt received as a present On the shirt, the utterances make up the fish themselves I m waiting for the day when someone sees my shirt, walks up to me, and says This is Water The sp [...]




  • A volte mi diverto a fare delle associazioni tra possibili protagonisti di romanzi distinti, o tra autori.Tipo Mrs Bridge, verso la quale ho uno stupido pregiudizio di insofferenza senza peraltro averne nemmeno letto il libro la vedrai ben maritata insieme al suo corrispettivo maschile Mr Stoner, magari di due noiosi ne verrebbe fuori una persona sufficientemente simpatica.Leggendo i racconti di Wallace ho pensato che sarebbe stato carino fare conoscere a DFW, non platonicamente o per via letter [...]




  • Wallace , A huge percentage of the stuff that I tend to be automatically certain of is, it turns out, totally wrong and deluded Here s one example of the utter wrongness of something I tend to be automatically sure of Everything in my own immediate experience supports my deep belief that I am the absolute center of the universe, the realest, most vivid and important person in existence.


  • People get used to the sadness of everyday life Then they find a goal that then becomes the anchor they cling to in order to survive.People live without awareness like the Lotus eaters in The Odyssey they live only to live in and of itself.People I know, above all in the city, are unhappy They think that the system framed them Sometimes it happens to me as well.You wonder why you are doing things that you wouldn t normally do I like my life and I am a positive person after a good walk all the da [...]




  • Erase dos peces j venes que nadaban juntos cuando de repente se toparon con un pez viejo, que los salud y les dijo, Buenos d as, muchachos C mo est el agua Los dos peces j venes siguieron nadando un rato, hasta que eventualmente uno de ellos mir al otro y le pregunt , Qu demonios es el agua Simplemente brillante El ltimo discurso que dio David Foster Wallace antes de su muerte Pocos discursos me llegaron tanto como este Es corto pero transmite much simo Si tienen diez minutos libres, no hay mejo [...]


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  • En 2005, en la Universidad de Kenyon, David Foster Wallace dio un discurso en la ceremonia de graduaci n titulado Esto es agua This Is Water El discurso es un alegato a favor de la educaci n y la compasi n M s que ense ar a pensar, Wallace aboga por saber en qu pensar, y resalta la importancia de comprender nuestro entorno, de intentar empatizar con aquello y aquellos que nos rodean Es un texto corto pero profundo que hace reflexionar.


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  • Simple, but quite interesting It starts off as new age mysticism but takes a rather engaging turn.



  • What the hell is this you may ask Well, this is a commencement address by David Foster Wallace to the graduates of Kenyon College in 2005 But why would you want to read that someone else asks Well, I wanted to be introduced to David Foster Wallace, and this relatively short essay seemed like a good place to start I m ready to begin reading Wallace s Infinite Jest, a 1,000 page Everest of a book, which I m looking forward to about as much as I was to reading Joyce s Ulysses Also in my literary wa [...]


  • As I came here to post my review of this book, I stumbled onto reviews posted by others The general perception seemed to be a sense of sadness Perhaps it s because of what Wallace did ultimately But I read this speech differently.I read it as a generous gift delivered by a deeply troubled and pained person of unusual intelligence And while this is an address to graduates, it seems to me that he speaks, in a way, to try to convince himself too He says, ere are all different kinds of freedom, and [...]


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