Last Work by David Foster Wallace


The Daily Beast briefly talks about the final published work of the late David Foster Wallace, an award-winning UA Creative Writing alumnus.

David Foster Wallace really told the Kenyon College class of 2005 what to expect in the only commencement speech he would ever give. “There happen to be whole large parts of adult American life that nobody talks about in commencement speeches. One such part involves boredom, routine, and petty frustration. The parents and older folks here will know all too well what I’m talking about.”

He then launched into a mind-numbing description of commuting home from work, tired and hungry, only to find no food in the fridge and all the “stupid and infuriating” series of events that follow. Things start to look up by the end of the speech though.

“The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day.”


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