This Is Water: The Original David Foster Wallace Recording

  • by David Foster Wallace
  • 0 hrs and 24 mins
  • Speech

Publisher's Summary

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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Cheap production quality

Why would the producers of this "audiobook" overlay loud music at the end so that you can barely make out what Wallace said but then lower the volume of the music when they read off the production credits? Maddening!!
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- SHAWN

The MVP of my book/audio library

What made the experience of listening to This Is Water: The Original David Foster Wallace Recording the most enjoyable?

I'm 61 years old. This is a distillation of most important lessons I've learned in my 35 year 'quest' for enlightenment, growth, self-improvement, etc.


What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

I can't say what was most compelling, but in this 23 minute audio I've placed 25 bookmarks.


Any additional comments?

Get this and listen to it. I try and listen to it at least once a day to remind me to "wake up!"

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- John Nosal

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-21-2010
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio