This Is Water

In 2005, brilliant American writer, David Foster Wallace, was asked to give a talk, on any subject of his choosing, to the graduating class of Kenyon College. Never before had he given such an address , this was to be, his one, and only.

“It captures his electric mind, and also his humility–the way he elevated and made meaningful, beautiful, many of the lonely thoughts that rattle around in our heads. The way he put better thoughts in our heads, too”.  

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

read the complete speech here

or listen to the audio recording

This is Water- Part 1

“It’s a short book, only 134 pages, with one sentence per page which leaves a lot of white space on every page. In other words, the book is for people who think about what they read… It’s the Abraham Lincoln approach; he didn’t have a lot to say at Gettysburg in 1863, and the brevity of his remarks was roundly condemned at the time; but, the content has stood the test of time, just as I suspect this book will stand the test of time.” Amazon customer review

Part 2




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