This Is Water

By David Foster Wallace

This Is Water - David Foster Wallace
  • Release Date: 2009-04-14
  • Genre: Self-Improvement
Score: 4.5
From 183 Ratings


In this rare peak into the personal life of the author of numerous bestselling novels, gain an understanding of David Foster Wallace and how he became the man that he was.
Only once did David Foster Wallace give a public talk on his views on life, during a commencement address given in 2005 at Kenyon College. The speech is reprinted for the first time in book form in This is Water. 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.


  • This is water

    By julsphone
    This is water.. this is a joke! Did I really just pay 9.99 for 150 pages that could have been 5 pages for free! Huge waste of money. I thought this was a book! Go to the local library for free and save yourself some time.
  • Simply powerful.

    By .Brayth.
    A speech so fitting for not only a commencement ceremony but for the world. Introspection and desire to improve upon self, to remove self from the constant center of one's universe is where true wisdom and happiness lie. Question what you think and how you think; what you know and how you believe you know.
  • Phil

    By nnetchvolodoff
    My friend Phil recommended this book. He's awesome!!!!
  • Read it once every six months until death.

    By LukasGarces
    Simple truth.
  • Great speech, bad price

    By xianrex
    The same price for this speech as for Infinite Jest? Absurd. Fix it.
  • Free online

    By thenewstyle
    Good content, but not worth it to purchase. Looks like people cashing in on DFW's popularity. Google the speech.