THIS IS WATER | David Foster Wallace’s famous Kenyon Commencement Speech (abridged) set to visuals and feels like a short film.
These will surprise you. Great website idea.
If anyone ever demands that you give one good reason for disliking DFW’s writing, you can say: thanks to him, tens of thousands write sentences like this one. This is his sentence; the rhythm is his, the effect it seeks was the one he sought, etc.
(This is apart from critiquing Mr. Man’s cartography of the “moral landscape” while bringing bat to nose).
Every story has a beginning and this is David Wallace’s. He was born in Ithaca, New York, on February 21, 1962. His father, James, was a graduate student in philosophy at Cornell, from a family of professionals. David’s mother, Sally Foster, came from a more rural background, with family in Maine and New Brunswick, her father a potato farmer. Her grandfather was a Baptist minister who taught her to read with the Bible. She had gotten a scholarship to a boarding school and from there gone to Mount Holyoke College to study English. She became the student body president and the first member of her family to get a bachelor’s degree.