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Questa è l'acqua

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4.53 of 5 stars 4.53  ·  rating details  ·  9,633 ratings  ·  770 reviews
Sei racconti, scritti tra il 1984 e il 2005, che offrono uno sguardo di insieme sulla straordinaria avventura artistica di Wallace, e una summa delle sue tematiche e dei diversi stili con cui le ha affrontate ed esaltate.
Kindle Edition, Stile Libero Big, 172 pages
Published 2010 by Einaudi (first published 2009)
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Stephen M
David Foster Wallace was a beautiful fucking person who said a lot of beautiful fucking things.
Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
This is Water, like The Communist Manifesto, is an unfortunate document. Both are occasional pieces written for a narrowly prescribed purpose. Both appear to be distillates of a much broader, systematic force of thinking. Both are of a genre which have very tight constraints--the commencement speech and the manifesto--which dictate and limit the possibilities for both form and content. Both are widely read by those not familiar with that systematic thought. By not taking into account the genre o ...more
MJ Nicholls
Better heard spoken for the full sting. A powerful speech but the message seems to be rather simple: don’t be a selfish asshat. Or is that a little reductive? Anyway—one star for the cash-in and four stars for the speech. Coming soon from Little, Brown in DVD & books: The Best Hesitant Pauses on KCRW’s Bookworm, The Ten Best Awkward Selfconscious Squirming Moments on Charlie Rose, and Half-Remembered Conversations Anyone Has Ever Had With DFW. Also available from the DFW Tacky Cash-in Empori ...more
Greg
This may come as a surprise to people who know me, but I never read this before it came out in book format. I knew it existed, but like most of the occasional and short pieces by DFW I held off on reading them. At the time his writing came out so infrequently, that I always wanted to have things of his to read at some point in the future, when I would really want something new of his. Of course that has changed to their being nothing new to release, except for unpublished things that might see t ...more
karen
so. it gets five stars because of how terribly sad i still am. i read this online , of course, years and years ago, but i reread it in book form, just to see if anything had been added. it hasnt. just the fact of his death on the flap. id really rather have added material than that fact, wouldnt you? and i also would have liked this to have been delivered at my graduation (i mean, i had quincy jones, i cant complain too much, but still... despite all the good advice in this book, i am a complain ...more
Joshua Nomen-Mutatio
Jan 15, 2010 Joshua Nomen-Mutatio rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Liberal Arts Students; Everyone
FURTHER UPDATED REVIEW (consolidation of general remarks of mine from review comment threads for this book/speech):

Is This Speech Depressing?

I have to respectfully disagree and say that I found this to be uplifting in a really serious way--like my version of a Chicken Soup For The Soul sense of uplifting (er, uh, something)--which is a feeling of redemption via facing messy truths and feeling my own thoughts to be extremely validated by his beautiful ideas and phrasings. I'd read it many times o
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Jason
This Is Water is kind of like a modern version of Rainer Maria Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet. With the exception, of course, that This Is Water is not a collection of letters, does not discuss poetry or writing, and is not addressed to a single individual but to a college’s entire student body. Other than that, though, they’re pretty much the same thing.

What I mean is that there’s something very inspirational (for lack of a better word) in these texts whose words seem to have been composed on-
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rahul
This is water.
And I have to learn to breath in it.
This is water.
Franco  Santos
Erase dos peces jóvenes que nadaban juntos cuando de repente se toparon con un pez viejo, que los saludó y les dijo, "Buenos días, muchachos. ¿Cómo está el agua?" Los dos peces jóvenes siguieron nadando un rato, hasta que eventualmente uno de ellos miró al otro y le preguntó, "¿Qué demonios es el agua?"
Simplemente brillante. El último discurso que expuso David Foster Wallace antes de su muerte.

Pocos libros y discursos me llegaron tanto como éste. Es muy corto pero transmite muchísimo. Si tien
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Vale
People get used to the sadness of everyday life. Then they find a goal that then becomes the anchor they cling to in order to survive.
People live without awareness like the Lotus-eaters in The Odyssey: they live only to live; in and of itself.
People I know, above all in the city, are unhappy. They think that the system framed them. Sometimes it happens to me as well.
You wonder why you are doing things that you wouldn't normally do. I like my life and I am a positive person: after a good walk all
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Danny
As I came here to post my review of this book, I stumbled onto reviews posted by others. The general perception seemed to be a sense of sadness. Perhaps it's because of what Wallace did ultimately. But I read this speech differently.

I read it as a generous gift delivered by a deeply troubled and pained person of unusual intelligence. And while this is an address to graduates, it seems to me that he speaks, in a way, to try to convince himself too. He says,

"...there are all different kinds of fre
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Carla
Simplesmente brilhante!

“The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, 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. That is real freedom. The alternative is unconsciousness, the default-setting, the “rat race” — the constant gnawing sense of having had and lost some infinite thing.” (P.7/8)
Nick Craske
Brave, honest and sincere. DFW's compassionate and heartfelt commencement address. Small in word count huge in heart.

[ This Is Water: short film adaptation: http://bit.ly/YSEa47 ]
Adam Floridia
This is the "transcript" of DFW's graduation speech at Kenyon College. It's a speech that I'm sure any DFW fan has seen/heard/read on the internet. It's nothing new. It'll take you 15 minutes to read, and it's tough to justify shelling out $15 for something that's totally free on the web.

And but so it is a 5-star book because the content of the speech really is...touching...moving...or some similar adjective and because having the speech written out--literally one sentence per page--and being ab
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Jasmine
This is the most depressing thing that I have ever read in my life. I have never felt as hopeless as I did reading this. It is written beautifully, and it is a catharsis, but the fact of the matter is that it is not cheerful and it did not in anyway increase my desire to wake up tomorrow morning. I can give no actual good reason that people should read this book. The most that I can do is fall back on Cioran and say that the purpose of the philosopher is to remove depression from the everyday ve ...more
Denisse
Apr 07, 2015 Denisse rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YOU
"Es nuestra falla de origen, conectada a nuestra estructura desde el nacimiento."

Ser adulto es ser plenamente consciente de lo que estamos haciendo y porque lo estamos haciendo. Teniendo en cuenta todo el panorama, no solo nuestro entorno directo. Y como bien dice este discurso. Si, es muy difícil.

Les dejo el link para que se tomen 15 minutos de su tiempo. :D Esto es agua


"Es inimaginablemente difícil hacer esto –vivir conscientemente, de manera adulta, un día y otro día."
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Sheila
First off, I will admit I did not buy this book. This book is the commercial publication of a speech that was given by David Foster Wallace at the 2005 Kenyon College graduation commencement. This speech is easy to find online. So yes, I googled it and read it for free. And for some reason, I think David Foster Wallace would approve.

I looked up this speech because I am currently reading Infinite Jest, and the constant and continuous talk of drugs and depression and drugs and death and drugs and
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SCARABOOKS
Se c’è qualcuno che Foster Wallace non lo conosce ed ha delle curiosità può cominciare da qui. Senza troppo formalizzarsi, visto che è il primo volume pubblicato postumo.
L’ormai mitologico discorso del 21 maggio 1985 ai laureandi non è solo una cosa che andrebbe messa in pianta stabile sul comodino o regalata a tutte le persone a cui teniamo. È anche una sintesi efficace del suo modo di pensare la vita e quindi una ottima introduzione alla lettura dei sui libri (se dovessi indicare una parola, u
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Vale
People get used to the sadness of everyday life. Then they find a goal that then becomes the anchor they cling to in order to survive.
People live without awareness like the Lotus-eaters in The Odyssey: they live only to live; in and of itself.
People I know, above all in the city, are unhappy. They think that the system framed them. Sometimes it happens to me as well.
You wonder why you are doing things that you wouldn't normally do. I like my life and I am a positive person: after a good walk all
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Francesco Fantuzzi
Anche in questo caso la valutazione rappresenta la media delle diverse valutazioni sui diversi racconti. La raccolta procede decisamente in crescendo: l'ultimo racconto vero e proprio ("Ordine e fluttuazione a Northampton") è veramente geniale, sia per la concezione in sé, sia per la struttura, sia per la magistrale abilità linguistica che palesa. L'ultimo scritto, che fornisce il titolo alla raccolta, trascrizione del discorso per il conferimento delle lauree tenuto al Kenyon College il 21 magg ...more
Lynn
Every once in a while, you have a brush with greatness. I was lucky enough to take several classes with Dave Wallace when I was a student at Illinois State University (as an undergraduate and a graduate student). This was before he won his MacArthur Grant (what some people refer to as "the genius award")--after that his popularity skyrocketed. He was a complicated, shy, and extremely generous person, as well as one of the most intelligent people I have ever met.

Years later, after struggling wit
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Jon Nieve
Había una vez dos peces jóvenes que iban nadando y se encontraron por casualidad con un pez mayor que nadaba en dirección contraria; el pez mayor los saludó con la cabeza y les dijo: «Buenos días, chicos. ¿Cómo está el agua?».
Los dos peces jóvenes siguieron nadando un trecho, por fin uno de ellos miró al otro y le dijo: «¿Qué demonios es el agua?».


Con esta parábola empieza el único discurso que jamás pronunció David Foster Wallace. No sé si se os ocurre una mejor forma de hacerlo; a mí, no, porq
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Cheryl
What is the right kind of FREEDOM?

David Foster Wallace says it is not to be lords of our tiny skull-sized kingdoms, alone at the center of all creation.

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

What does it mean to know how to THINK?

If you really know how to think, how to pay attention, then you will know you have other options than the default
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Victoria
description

"The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, 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."

I generally refrain from holding authors in such high regard until I've actually finished one of their works. I'm still working through Infinite Jest, although I guess this speech would technically count as one of his works... regardless, David Foster Wallace wa
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
This tiny book was on a display of "What will you do with your life" books at the main library where I work. It is the text of the commencement speech David Foster Wallace gave at Kenyon College in 2005.

It is impossible to read this without his tragic end in my head, and I wish I could. His specific mentions of suicide are completely cringeworthy. The whole point that he makes is that if you have the right perspective, life is manageable, even good. I'm really sorry he had such a struggle, and o
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B0nnie
http://www.pearltrees.com/#/N-u=1_530...

http://web.archive.org/web/2008021308...

"The only thing that's capital-T True is that you get to decide how you're gonna try to see it."
Offuscatio
Paradójico, pero interesante.
Chibineko
If you're like me, odds are you perked up at the idea of this book. In 2005 David Foster Wallace gave a brilliant commencement speech about life, education, and basically how to deal with graduation. It's one of those wonderful speeches that you could have fifty people listen to and gain fifty slightly different interpretations from. I was rather hoping that this book would contain at least one such interpretation, but no- this is solely DFW's speech. For some this will be somewhat of a disappoi ...more
Sub_zero
This Is Water recoge de forma íntegra el discurso de graduación que ofreció David Foster Wallace en el Kenyon College tres años antes de su fatal suicidio, un discurso tan extraordinario como paradójico en el que Wallace pone de manifiesto verdades fundamentales sobre nuestra forma egocéntrica y negligente de ver la vida, una configuración predeterminada que se sustenta en el 'yo' como ángulo de toda perspectiva. Mediante sencillas pero demoledoras observaciones cargadas de ingenio, aderezadas s ...more
Juanpa
“The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, 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.”

This is Water es el discurso dado por David Foster Wallace en la ceremonia de graduación del Kenyon College en 2005. En él, habló de aspectos muy importantes en el día a día y que solemos olvidar, y también creó una gran reflexión en torno a la forma en que esta
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“Because here's something else that's weird but true: in the day-to day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And the compelling reason for maybe choosing some sort of god or spiritual-type thing to worship—be it JC or Allah, be it YHWH or the Wiccan Mother Goddess, or the Four Noble Truths, or some inviolable set of ethical principles—is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive. If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never have enough, never feel you have enough. It's the truth. Worship your body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly. And when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before they finally grieve you. On one level, we all know this stuff already. It's been codified as myths, proverbs, clichés, epigrams, parables; the skeleton of every great story. The whole trick is keeping the truth up front in daily consciousness.” 590 likes
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