VIDEO: David Foster Wallace graduation speech is the best thing you'll see today
David Foster Wallace was a critically-renowned American novelist who tragically hanged himself in 2008.
David Foster Wallace was a critically-renowned American novelist who tragically hanged himself in 2008. Three years before committing suicide, Wallace delivered a commencement address at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Though the speech didn't garner much attention until after Wallace's death, his "This Is Water" address has always offered a poignant, enlightening message about adulthood and self-awareness.
Recently, the folks at The Glossary turned Wallace's commencement address into a "stimulating videogram" in hopes of helping his message reach a larger audience. It's definitely the most valuable thing you can watch today. You can read the entire speech here.
There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says "Morning, boys. How's the water?" And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes "What the hell is water?"