Reviews and Blog Posts: david foster wallace

Infinite jest : a novel

by David Foster Wallace

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One of my favorite books of all time and in my opinion the greatest comedic masterpiece in fiction, books in general, the world?! This is certainly Wallace’s greatest work and one that is touching, uncomfortable, and all consuming. Set at both a prestigious tennis academy and a halfway house, Wallace...

Congratulations, by the way :: Great Commencement Speeches

Congratulations, by the way

Graduation season is upon us.  Regardless whether it’s kindergarten, high school, or college, graduations mark unique accomplishments and should be well celebrated.  Often they also indicate impending life transitions that can be swelling with both peril and promise. 

This is water some thoughts, delivered on a significant occasion, about living a compassionate life

by David Foster Wallace

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This is Water was the first and only commencement speech given by David Foster Wallace, at Kenyon College in the spring of 2005.  Wallace talks about the real value of a liberal arts education in this quick, thought-provoking read.  Definitely worth the 20 minutes it takes to get through it,...

The Beauty of Short Works

In Persuasion Nation by George Saunders

I naively used to think that writers of short stories and essays simply didn't have enough good material to fill a traditional book. Fortunately some great teachers, and exposure to some of the best writers in the field, showed me the incredible art of short form writing.

The beauty of short works has become even more apparent as I've read too many books lately where I'm left feeling like a shorter essay or short story would've been more powerful. Often (like my college papers) they had a few great things to say but had used filler to make it fit a length requirement. As print magazines, the previous bastion of short form, are shutting their doors, I'm encouraged to see new outlets such as Kindle Singles and Ted Talks remind people that brevity can be a virtue.

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