"David Foster Wallace's unbelievable graduation speech...will inspire you."―Daily Candy
"We read Wallace because he forces us to think. He makes us consider what's beneath us and around us--like water."―Alicia J. Rouverol, The Christian Science Monitor
"Think of it as The Last Lecture for intellectuals."―Time
"None of the cloudlessly sane and true things he had to say about life in 2005 are any less sane or true today...[This is Water] reminds us of [Wallace's] strength and goodness and decency--the parts of him the terrible master [the mind] could never defeat, and never will."―Tom Bissel, New York Times Book Review
"Striking...is [Wallace's] evocative insight and humor."―Mark Follman, Mother Jones
David Foster Wallace was born in Ithaca, New York, in 1962 and raised in Illinois, where he was a regionally ranked junior tennis player. He received bachelor of arts degrees in philosophy and English from Amherst College and wrote what would become his first novel, The Broom of the System, as his senior English thesis. He received a masters of fine arts from University of Arizona in 1987 and briefly pursued graduate work in philosophy at Harvard University. His second novel, Infinite Jest, was published in 1996. Wallace taught creative writing at Emerson College, Illinois State University, and Pomona College, and published the story collections Girl with Curious Hair, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, Oblivion, the essay collections A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, and Consider the Lobster. He was awarded the MacArthur Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award, and a Whiting Writers' Award, and was appointed to the Usage Panel for The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. He died in 2008. His last novel, The Pale King, was published in 2011.
full of wit, irreverence, and very philosophical. This book is almost poetry because it is printed one page with one thought. Read morePublished 3 days ago by susan moore
As always, Wallace pared down huge intellectual discussions into concise, lucid prose that is accessible easily ad readily. A great and quick read.Published 3 days ago by TImothy L.
What a brilliant mind to present that information so eloquently. It is the commencement speech for life and not just graduating students.Published 7 days ago by Dr. S.
I read this book over and over and over. Brilliant, practical and inspiring. An elegant reminder that we are not the center of the universe and we have no idea what those around... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Carolyn F. Bivens
Pure, inarguable genius. Should be required, mandatory reading for everyone. Such a little book that opens up a universe of thought.Published 22 days ago by Margaret Button
"Worship your own body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly, and when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before they finally plant... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kenneth Mullins