David Foster Wallace’s Kenyon commencement speech video

David Foster Wallace’s famous 2005 commencement address begins:

(If anybody feels like perspiring [cough], I’d advise you to go ahead, because I’m sure going to. In fact I’m gonna [mumbles while pulling up his gown and taking out a handkerchief from his pocket].)

THIS IS WATER from nathan m peracciny on Vimeo.

“This Is Water” is the title of the Little, Brown hardcover of the same speech, which The Glossary animated and released a few weeks ago, just in time for commencement season.

A compelling visual presentation of Wallace’s speech, the video features rush hour traffic, a frustrating wait in a grocery line, and of course fish asking about how the water is. For much more of the speech, listen to the full audio on YouTube or read a post concerning the legacy of the speech at the Kenyon Bulletin.

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