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Bill Watterson on Imaginary Ladders and Happy Lives

I was searching for something/anything on Calvin and Hobbes‘ creator Bill Watterson this past weekend and came across the graduation speech he gave in 1990 at – you guessed it – Kenyon College. For those keeping score, this marks the third Kenyon speech we’ve excerpted (is there something in the water in Gambier?). While the […]

Franzen on Technological Grace, The Dangers of Liking and the Cost of Loving

So what is it about Kenyon College that inspires such great commencement speeches?! Maybe it’s the creative residue that Bill Watterson left behind at his alma mater (or John Zahl for that matter). Whatever the case, Jonathan Franzen followed in his friend and colleague David Foster Wallace’s steps and delivered this year’s address, an essayified […]

Everybody Worships: David Foster Wallace on Real Freedom and the Skeleton of Every Great Story

The Wall Street Journal was kind enough to reprint the watershed commencement address given in 2005 at Kenyon College by late author/Mbird hero David Foster Wallace, now collected in the slim This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life volume. Some call it the finest example of the […]