Hadley’s April Recommendation

This Is Water by David Foster Wallace

“This isn’t really a “book” per se, but is instead a transcript of a commencement address that Wallace gave to the 2005 graduating class of Kenyon College. Some readers of this speech have noted that given Wallace’s death, they find the text to be depressing, but I thought it was quite inspiring. Wallace’s primary point is that a liberal arts education teaches you how to think, and that is actually a very important skill to acquire in life. To Wallace, critical thinking involves “exercising some control over how and what you think”, “choos(ing) what you pay attention to and choos(ing) how you construct meaning from experience”. I found his message both humorous and refreshing.”

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