Listening again to a classic commencement address from the late David Foster Wallace

Yesterday a friend recommended The End of the Tour, a movie about writer David Foster Wallace based on Rolling Stone journalist David Lipsky‘s book Although of Course You End up Becoming Yourself. I manage to convince my 19-year-old daughter to watch it with me. (I thought it might be a nice break from her regular diet of Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix, but it was the promise of a pizza delivery that ultimately sealed the deal).

The movie, which was very good, prompted me to listen again to Wallace’s commencement address to the 2005 graduating class at Kenyon College. If you haven’t heard “This is Water,” you need to listen to it. If you have heard this speech, you need to listen to it again, and again.