This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered On A Significant Occasion, About Living A Compassionate Life

Hardcover | April 14, 2009

byDavid Foster Wallace

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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 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 inThe Wall Street Journaland theLondon 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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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 ...

David Foster Wallace was born in Ithaca, New York, in 1962 and raised in Illinois, where he was a regionally ranked junior tennis player. He received bachelor of arts degrees in philosophy and English from Amherst College and wrote what would become his first novel,The Broom of the System, as his senior English thesis. He received a ma...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:144 pages, 6.75 × 4.75 × 0.75 inPublished:April 14, 2009Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316068225

ISBN - 13:9780316068222

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"Striking...is [Wallace's] evocative insight and humor."-Mark Follman, Mother Jones