This speech that was given to a graduating collage class in 2005 by author David Foster Wallace, 3 years before he took his own life, has been edited into a videogram by The Glossary . The video is very engaging and worth checking out, however whilst they quote the speech as now being within reach (or interest) to a wider audience via video, I actually think the speech on its own is highly engaging. You can find the full speech here: http://web.archive.org/web/20080213082423/http://www.marginalia.org/dfw_kenyon_commencement.html
Yes, it may seem at times to be a message of morality, with a couple of seemingly Hallmark moments, but I think it trancends this and remains something a bit special.
Via The Glossary
In 2005, author David Foster Wallace was asked to give the commencement address to the 2005 graduating class of Kenyon College. However, the resulting speech didn’t become widely known until 3 years later, after his tragic death.
It is, without a doubt, some of the best life advice we’ve ever come across, and perhaps the most simple and elegant explanation of the real value of education.
We [The Glossary] made this video, built around an abridged version of the original audio recording, with the hopes that the core message of the speech could reach a wider audience who might not have otherwise been interested.