David Foster Wallace: This is Water


David Foster Wallace’s 2005 commencement speech “This is water,” also known as “The Truth With A Whole Lot Of Rhetorical Bullshit Pared Away,” is remembered as one of the best commencement speeches of all time.

After DFW’s tragic death the speech, thanks to some new attention, took on a life of its own in the book: This is Water.

Wallace’s talk offers a simple and clear explanation of the value of education and, quite possibly, some of the best life advice you’ll ever hear.

This video captures an excerpt of the talk.

If you’re aware enough to give yourself a choice, you can choose to look differently … You get to decide what has meaning and what doesn’t.

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Still curious? Check out the full speech, which was so popular it became a book. If you want to learn more about DFW read his biography: Every Love Story is a Ghost Story.

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