This Is Water The Original David Foster Wallace Recording 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: The Original David Foster Wallace Recording
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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 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.

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      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



    2 thoughts on “This Is Water: The Original David Foster Wallace Recording

    1. 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 o [...]

    2. ‘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, for [...]

    3. 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 t [...]

    4. Και αυτό εδώ είναι ένα πολύ όμορφο βιβλίο. Πρόκειται ουσιαστικά για την ομιλία που έδωσε ο Wallace στην τελετή αποφοίτησης των μαθητών του Κολλεγίου Kenyon η οποία ήταν τόσο επιτυχημένη που οδήγησε στην έκδοση του συγκεκριμένου βιβλίου.Αν δίνονταν περισσότερες τέτοιου είδους ομ [...]

    5. 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 [...]

    6. 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 complain [...]

    7. “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 [...]

    8. 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 comp [...]

    9. Την πρώτη φορά το διάβασα, την δεύτερη φορά το άκουσα ή μάλλον τον άκουσα. Ανατριχίλα. Και αγαπημένος.

    10. 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 o [...]

    11. 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 W [...]

    12. 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 lett [...]

    13. Μου πηρε λιγοτερο απο μιση ωρα για να διαβασω αυτο εδω το βιβλιο αλλα ειμαι σιγουρη πως θα το σκεφτομαι για πολυ περισσοτερες ωρες και θα επανελθω σε αυτο πολυ περισσοτερες φορεςο wallace ταιριαζει πολυ στα γουστα μου ως συγγραφεας(το ειχα συνειδητοποιησει και στη "σκουπα" αυτ [...]

    14. Ωραία ομιλία!Ο Wallace δεν λέει κάτι πρωτότυπο-αλλά οι γνωστές αυτές αλήθειες ξεχνιούνται εύκολα,και μας τις θυμίζει με όμορφο τρόπο.Το κείμενο κυλάει γρήγορα κι εύκολα! "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 automati [...]

    15. 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 [...]

    16. Η πρώτη μου επαφή με τον Wallace ήταν συγκλονιστική. Κατά τύχη επέλεξα να διαβάσω το "Αυτό εδώ είναι νερό" το οποίο είναι ουσιαστικά η ομιλία του συγγραφέα σε αποφοίτους γνωστού κολεγίου. Ο λόγος του απλός και κατανοητός, όμως τόσο μα τόσο ουσιαστικός. Τον λάτρεψα!! Αγάπησα τις α [...]

    17. Ευχαριστώ τον Wallace που διάβασα ό,τι ακριβώς έπρεπε να διαβάσω. Χωρίς να το παίζει αυθεντία, έπιασε την ουσία : εμείς επιλέγουμε πως θα δούμε τα πράγματα, εμείς επιλέγουμε τι είναι σημαντικό ανάλογα με τις εμπειρίες μας. Ας μην είμαστε στενόμυαλοι και δογματικοί. Και να μην εί [...]

    18. Erase dos peces jóvenes que nadaban juntos cuando de repente se toparon con un pez viejo, que los saludó y les dijo, "Buenos días, muchachos. ¿Cómo está el agua?" Los dos peces jóvenes siguieron nadando un rato, hasta que eventualmente uno de ellos miró al otro y le preguntó, "¿Qué demonios es el agua?"Simplemente brillante. El último discurso que dio David Foster Wallace antes de su muerte. Pocos discursos me llegaron tanto como este. Es corto pero transmite muchísimo. Si tienen di [...]

    19. dreamersandco/2016/01/%CE%Το Αυτό εδώ είναι νερό (εκδόσεις Κριτική, 2015), του Ντέιβιντ Φόστερ Γουάλας επιτέλους κυκλοφόρησε στα ελληνικά. Είναι ένας συγγραφέας που είχαν εκδοθεί δύο μόνο μυθιστορήματά του πριν από αυτό, τα οποία ίσως είχαν περάσει απαρατήρητα (στο περισσότερο κοινό). Τα [...]

    20. En 2005, en la Universidad de Kenyon, David Foster Wallace dio un discurso en la ceremonia de graduación titulado ‘Esto es agua’ (This Is Water). El discurso es un alegato a favor de la educación y la compasión. Más que enseñar a pensar, Wallace aboga por saber en qué 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.

    21. UfffffffffffffffffffffCada estrella vale mil, o sea que lo califico con 5 mil!¿qué les pasa? ¿por qué no me lo habían recomendado antes?Se ha convertido en mi texto favorito, compraré todos para regalarlos, lo compartiré con mis alumnos que se gradúan, con mis hijos que ya se titularon, con los que aún no, y un día, con mis nietos, con la única esperanza de que no olviden que son ellos, y sólo ellos, quiénes deciden y eligen QUÉ PENSAR.

    22. Μεγάλες αλήθειες. Εντάξει, ο παππούς Αδάμ το δάγκωσε το ρημάδι το μηλαράκι του, ο κόσμος δεν είναι πια ιδανικός και ο δρόμος μέχρι να μάθουμε ότι ''αυτό εδώ είναι νερό'' είναι μακρύς. Αλλά πόσο καλύτερο μπορεί να γίνει το μέλλον, πόσο λέξεις όπως ''ενσυναίσθηση'', ''αγάπη'' και ''αυ [...]

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

    24. 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 litera [...]

    25. 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, [...]

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