Wallace Wide Open in Insightful Commencement

Noted American writer David Foster Wallace concludes that “It is unimaginably hard… to stay conscious and alive in the adult world day in and day out.” We all know these challenges. At least those of us who are trying to live our lives fully awake, or as awake as we are able to be… Wallace rants, “simple awareness; awareness of what is so real and essential, so hidden in plain sight all around us, all the time, that we have to keep reminding ourselves over and over.” Ain’t it the truth? But equally fascinating, for me at least, is the articulate, insightful, off-handedly humorous, yet fully forthright and un-cynical way that DFW brings a real message home for the Kenyon graduating class. He is a remarkable writer. Thanks, my son, for another solid referral. Read the full text of David Foster Wallace’s commencment speech at Kenyon University