This Is Water David Foster Wallace 2005 Kenyon College Commencement Speech
This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life is an essay by David Foster Wallace, first published in book form by Little, Brown and Company in 2009. The text originates from a commencement speech given by Wallace at Kenyon College on May 21, 2005. Before Little, Brown’s publication, a transcript of the speech circulated around the Internet. The essay was also published in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2006.
This essay covers subjects including "the difficulty of empathy," "the importance of being well adjusted," and "the essential lonesomeness of adult life."
A nine minute video with Wallace’s voice of the speech was produced by The Glossary and published on the internet in May 2013. This was subsequently removed from YouTube and Vimeo on 21 May due to "a copyright claim by David Foster Wallace Literary Trust" after receiving more than 4 million views.
David Foster Wallace (February 21, 1962 — September 12, 2008) was an award-winning American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and professor at Pomona College in Claremont, California. Wallace is widely known for his 1996 novel Infinite Jest, which was cited as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005 by Time magazine.
Original video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYGaXzJGVAQ
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