Check Out My Revised Podcast Recommendations Page

Hey all, no new post this weekend, which leaves Friday’s self-indulgant, narcissistic post about not eating meat for six months and whining about my foot hurting as the last piece of actual content I’ve written for this blog. But it hasn’t been for naught: I’ve spent some hours today updating my podcast recommendations page, and it’s up for your viewing, and hopefully listening/enjoying/growing, delight. Click the link in the previous sentence to see the list.

Please feel encouraged to comment with any criticisms or suggestions.

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David Foster Wallace’s “This is Water” – 22 Minutes That Will Boost Your Life

I know it’s eight years old, and I know David Foster Wallace achieved quite a status, but a lot of us who are hard wired to love the man’s vulnerability, linguistic talent, writings and truthfulness forget that our natural default settings, indeed Wallace’s own, are typically pretty shitty. It takes work and practice to be a good person, to be conscious. No matter how above it all you think you are, and I’ve been there, this 22-minute speech delivered to the 2005 graduating class at Kenyon College is beyond words. There will be some people that have it go over their heads, but many of those people aren’t the types to get through the whole thing anyway. I urge all people, however, to give this speech a listen. It’s probably worth coming back to on a semi-annual basis.

David’s contribution to the world of consciousness is something to behold. The times in the speech when the audience gives in to their default settings and cheers when they cannot even see the disappointing irony leave much to be desired, but they highlight both Wallace’s genius and our need to forgive those around us who “don’t get it.” I never met David Foster Wallace; I miss him dearly.

R.I.P. David Foster Wallace

This is a link to an interview with DFW’s sister, Amy Wallace-Havens, conducted by Anne Strainchamps for Wisconsin Public Radio’s fantastic radio programĀ To the Best of Our Knowledge. Click the “listen” button beneath the short description and just above the lines of stars to rate the post.