David Foster Wallace Tells Us About Freedom

May 18, 2013 5:47 AM

This being Commencement Time, I’d like to share this gently dramatized version of David Foster Wallace’s 2005 address to the graduates of Kenyon College, in which he makes the argument that when you are dog-tired, stuck in traffic, waiting in the supermarket line, when everything is flat, dull, empty, purposeless, this is where being educated helps. Because you went to college and learned different ways to think about things, you have the muscles. You exercised them at school. You can stand in that supermarket line, surrounded by irritating, equally bored people, and if you want, you can imagine them beautiful or gentle or helpless — even if they’re not. You have the choice. Your education gives you the option to see things from several perspectives. You can call it delusional. Or you can call it hope. Or you can call it a form of pain relief from your own pain. Whatever you call it, with it, you are unshackled. That’s what a college education can give you, says David — a chance to fly free.

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on a day like today that is freakin’ HOT in san francisco, when i come home from a sweaty walk, i can sit here in my underpants and eat my “san francisco mission style burrito” without having to worry about horrifying anyone of getting my clothes any more soiled.  liberating.

i randomly found a card from an oooold boyfriend from ages ago…and then i thought, dude!  they’re all from ages ago!  how did that happen?

intangible in memory

May 2, 2013

playground sounds, wind in the trees, the birds, the j church turning the corner at 30th, faint traffic.  the ambient sounds of my apartment are so precious to me.  i often sit here and just listen to it and i know i will miss it when i’m gone, like i miss the smell of the plum tree when it bloomed under my window in escalon.  those things that make a place special but are so intangible in memory.