This is Water

This is Water : Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, About Living a Compassionate Life


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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.

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Product details

  • Hardback | 144 pages
  • 119.38 x 167.64 x 17.78mm | 181.44g
  • Little, Brown & Company
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0316068225
  • 9780316068222
  • 5,694

About David Foster Wallace

David Foster Wallace is the author of two novels; three story collections; and three nonfiction collections. He was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and numerous other awards. He died in September 2008.

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Review quote

" [Wallace's] evocative insight and humor." Mark Follman, "Mother Jones""

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