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David Foster Wallace

In by Michael on August 12, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Watch David Foster Wallace’s commencement speech. He lays out the manual for avoiding depression in a world where “it is unimaginably hard to do this, to stay conscious and alive, day in and day out.”

He’s a graceful and elegant coach on how to avoid suicide of the body, and more deeply, the mind. He shows how we can decide to possess the beliefs needed to overpower the pounding negativity of daily life.

Yet the sad fact behind Mr. Wallace’s foreboding words is that the best coaches aren’t necessarily the best players. Phil Jackson and Michael Jordan played different roles.

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