By Kimberly Kersey... - Posted on 02 September 2010

DAVID FOSTER WALLACE, IN HIS OWN WORDS 

"This is the comencement address he gave to the graduates of Kenyon College in 2005. It captures his electric mind, and also his humility--the way he elevated and made meaningful, beautiful, many of the lonely thoughts that rattle around in our heads. The way he put better thoughts in our heads, too. (Many thanks toMarginalia.org for making this available.)"

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I've been using this for a couple years as a reading in my philosophy class. I use it to illustrate the role that objective examination plays in transforming the character of our experience. Of course, the lesson it teaches is rendered ironic by the knowledge that the author comitted suicide.

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