Sunday, February 25th, 2018

Learning How To Think Quote by Boomer Author David Foster Wallace

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“‘Learning how to think’ really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you think. It means being conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to and to choose how you construct meaning from experience. Because if you cannot exercise this kind of choice in adult life, you will be totally hosed.”

~David Foster Wallace


David Foster Wallace (February 21, 1962 – September 12, 2008, Ithaca, New York) was an author of novels, essays, and short stories, and a professor at Pomona College in Claremont, California.

He was widely known for his 1996 novel Infinite Jest Learning How To Think Quote by Boomer Author David Foster Wallace which Time included in its All-Time 100 Greatest Novels list (covering the period 1923-2006).

Los Angeles Times book editor David Ulin called Wallace “one of the most influential and innovative writers of the last 20 years.”

This quote was from the commencemnent address Wallace delivered at Kenyon in 2005 and was vintage Wallace: a smart, occasionally meandering discussion of the issues that consumed him, from the banality of life to the meaning of consciousness. “I know that this stuff probably doesn’t sound fun and breezy and grandly inspirational,” he concluded. “What it is, so far as I can see, is the truth … The capital-T Truth is about life before death. It is about making it to 30, or maybe 50, without wanting to shoot yourself in the head.”

All the reasons Wallace didn’t make it to 50 are apparent here; in hindsight, the speech reads like the first draft of a suicide note for an author who took his own life at age 46. While it’s a macabre read, there’s tons that’s worthwhile here: the speech crackles with wit and intelligence — and offers tricks for escaping the depression to which Wallace ultimately succumbed.


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