David Foster Wallace's Fantastic Commencement Speech Has Been Turned into a Short Film

David Foster Wallace's Fantastic Commencement Speech Has Been Turned into a Short Film

May 20, 2013

We don't envy those tasked with coming up with an inspiring commencement speech, especially since it's quite difficult to inspire a group of kids who probably aren't ready to leave school (and their friends, and dorm-room parties, and zero responsibility) in order to enter "the real world," whatever that is these days. But before they're unleashed to go have brunch with their families and start that all-too-important job search, this one person must stand at the podium and shower them with something meaningful... something they'll remember.

David Foster Wallace's 2005 commencement speech to the graduating class at Kenyon College is among one of the greatest speeches we've ever heard. Ferris Bueller famously advised us of the following: "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you might miss it." Essentially, Wallace's speech is telling us the same thing, except it reaches in and exposes the often depressing little nooks and crannies that come with your average day.  

It's a fantastic speech, made even more memorable now that it's been adapted into this short film from The Glossary. And don't worry if you're not a graduate or soon-to-be graduate -- this video is worth your time no matter who you are or what you do. Definitely take the next 10 minutes and observe, then see how you can apply this to your own life. [via Design Taxi]


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