Thursday, June 4, 2009

this is water

This was my final project for graphic design. We had to make something with 16 pages or elements, chronicling an epiphany we've had. Originally, I was going to make it about when I first started to appreciate the English Stuff elements of literature, and the text was going to be bits of Catcher in the Rye, Paper Towns, Song of Myself, and the Mountain Goats' Tallahassee, but a few weeks before it was due, John read the speech that David Foster Wallace gave at a Kenyon commencement ceremony. And it kinda totally changed the way I look at and think of the world. Completely. Andbutso I switched to that speech and John's comments on it instead.

It means a lot to me, and I wouldn't share it with my physically present type friends, because they may/might not understand. But I trust you. I trust you, internet, because this kind of stuff is entirely what our relationship is based on. Words and thinking and connecting.

So here:

[click to be able to actually read things]


  1. Seriously, Valerie. I'm so glad you showed this to me again. I remember hearing John read that speech. I wanted to find it again.

    It surely sums up everything that the entire world should be exposed to.... It has so much real meaning. I want to print this out and hang it on my wall... so I never forget any of this again.

  2. This speech is an excellent pick for your project. Because it's an amazingly excellent speech. And I loved reading the quotes and your annotations. A+!

  3. in the last entry of my beda blog, i wrote about you (and blaze) and your creativity, curiosity, and cleverness. and here it is on full display.

    you rock, and this is an amazing project.

    i think i might like your annotations just as much as the speech itself. dfw's words and ideas are incredible, to be sure, but seeing how you receive them, hear them, reflect on them, and process them is amazing too.

    thank you for sharing this.

  4. I came here on a link from your comment on John's blog post. You had me turning my laptop in circles trying to get at all the words. They were all things that I've been thinking since I first read the speech, but it's just so exciting to see that other people share your ideas.


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