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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. This is the audio recording of David Foster Wallace delivering that very address. 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 listen.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jen Greene | 2/16/2014

    " "'Learning how to think' really means learning how to exercise control over how and what you think." Delivered as a commencement address beseeching to live life consciously, though seemingly difficult. This short essay wasn't about choosing religion, or possession or right vs. wrong... it was simply about self and thought and choice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mark Anthony Cronin | 2/16/2014

    " Download the original kenyon speech and weep dfw was a genius: humble and gracious with his ideas and knowledge "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tracey | 2/15/2014

    " A-MAZE-ING changed the way i think about life and other people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Erin | 2/12/2014

    " This is a graduation speech that David Foster Wallace gave in 2005 at Kenyon College. The book is short, with just one sentence on each page, but it shows his clear thinking and talent for discussing important things without pontificating about them. I loved it and want to give to all my friends in their 20s and 30s who are stuck in the daily grind of go to work-go home-get up and go back to work again. It helped to shift my perspective just a little bit. "

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