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Publisher's Summary

Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life
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?
This audiobook version of a David Foster Wallace commencement speech, read by his sister, Amy Wallace-Havens, captures his 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.
©2009 David Foster Wallace Literary Trust (P)2009 David Foster Wallace Literary Trust
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3 out of 5 stars
By Adryan on 05-14-09

Too short for what you pay for!

Make no mistake, the speech itself was profound, heart spoken and brilliant. Basically the message is, mindful self-awareness leads to love, compassion and eventually a happy life. Very similar to the core values of Buddhism but described in a funny, light hearted and down to earth manner. The only problem here is that for only 24 Mins this speech is NOT WORTH $7! In fact you can get the whole transcript of this speech online FREE by simply doing a google search (I only found about it after I purchased the audiobook). Perhaps 2$ would have been a much more reasonable price.

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1 out of 5 stars
By J Williams on 06-11-16

23 minutes!

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23 minutes does not equate to one full credit. Bought this on my phone on so didn't realize it was so short/

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