This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life

4.53 avg rating
( 14,222 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780316068222: This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life

Only once did David Foster Wallace give a public talk on his views on life, during a commencement address given in 2005 at Kenyon College. The speech is reprinted for the first time in book form in THIS IS WATER. How does one keep from going through their comfortable, prosperous adult life unconsciously? How do we get ourselves out of the foreground of our thoughts and achieve compassion? The speech captures Wallace's electric intellect as well as his grace in attention to others. After his death, it became a treasured piece of writing reprinted in The Wall Street Journal and the London Times, commented on endlessly in blogs, and emailed from friend to friend.

Writing with his one-of-a-kind blend of causal humor, exacting intellect, and practical philosophy, David Foster Wallace probes the challenges of daily living and offers advice that renews us with every reading.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

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.

Review:

"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

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

David Foster Wallace
ISBN 10: 0316068225 ISBN 13: 9780316068222
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
BWB
(Valley Stream, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Depending on your location, this item may ship from the US or UK. Bookseller Inventory # 97803160682220000000

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 10.25
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Wallace, David Foster
Published by Hachette Book Group
ISBN 10: 0316068225 ISBN 13: 9780316068222
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Hachette Book Group. Book Condition: New. Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 0316068225

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 7.33
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.50
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Wallace, David Foster
Published by Little Brown and Company 2009-04-14 (2009)
ISBN 10: 0316068225 ISBN 13: 9780316068222
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 11
Seller
BookOutlet
(Thorold, ON, Canada)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Little Brown and Company 2009-04-14, 2009. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Hardcover. Publisher overstock, may contain remainder mark on edge. Bookseller Inventory # 9780316068222B

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 4.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 6.00
From Canada to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

David Foster Wallace
Published by Little, Brown Company, United States (2009)
ISBN 10: 0316068225 ISBN 13: 9780316068222
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 10
Seller
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Little, Brown Company, United States, 2009. Hardback. Book Condition: New. 168 x 119 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. How does one keep from going through their comfortable, prosperous adult life unconsciously? How do we get ourselves out of the foreground of our thoughts and achieve compassion? The speech captures Wallace s electric intellect as well as his grace in attention to others. After his death, it became a treasured piece of writing reprinted in The Wall Street Journal and the London Times, commented on endlessly in blogs, and emailed from friend to friend. Writing with his one-of-a-kind blend of causal humor, exacting intellect, and practical philosophy, David Foster Wallace probes the challenges of daily living and offers advice that renews us with every reading. Bookseller Inventory # AA29780316068222

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 11.32
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

David Foster Wallace
Published by Little, Brown Company, United States (2009)
ISBN 10: 0316068225 ISBN 13: 9780316068222
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 9
Seller
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Little, Brown Company, United States, 2009. Hardback. Book Condition: New. 168 x 119 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. How does one keep from going through their comfortable, prosperous adult life unconsciously? How do we get ourselves out of the foreground of our thoughts and achieve compassion? The speech captures Wallace s electric intellect as well as his grace in attention to others. After his death, it became a treasured piece of writing reprinted in The Wall Street Journal and the London Times, commented on endlessly in blogs, and emailed from friend to friend. Writing with his one-of-a-kind blend of causal humor, exacting intellect, and practical philosophy, David Foster Wallace probes the challenges of daily living and offers advice that renews us with every reading. Bookseller Inventory # AA29780316068222

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 11.64
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Wallace, David Foster
ISBN 10: 0316068225 ISBN 13: 9780316068222
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2009. HRD. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # VH-9780316068222

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 8.02
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Wallace, David Foster
Published by Little, Brown and Company (2009)
ISBN 10: 0316068225 ISBN 13: 9780316068222
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 10
Seller
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Little, Brown and Company, 2009. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 0316068225

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 9.38
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Wallace, David Foster
ISBN 10: 0316068225 ISBN 13: 9780316068222
New Hardcover Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 826828

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 8.83
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

David Foster Wallace
Published by Little Brown Book Group 2009-05-07 (2009)
ISBN 10: 0316068225 ISBN 13: 9780316068222
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 5
Seller
Chiron Media
(Wallingford, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Little Brown Book Group 2009-05-07, 2009. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # NU-BER-00052068

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 11.23
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.89
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

David Foster Wallace
Published by Little Brown Book Group 2009-05-07 (2009)
ISBN 10: 0316068225 ISBN 13: 9780316068222
New Quantity Available: 5
Seller
Chiron Media
(Wallingford, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Little Brown Book Group 2009-05-07, 2009. Book Condition: New. Brand new book, sourced directly from publisher. Dispatch time is 24-48 hours from our warehouse. Book will be sent in robust, secure packaging to ensure it reaches you securely. Bookseller Inventory # NU-LBR-00843194

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 11.25
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.89
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book