Blogger here. After posting an open invitation for guest posts, I received a number of responses from fellow writers and fans of Wallace. This piece comes from Jean McEwan, an artist and writer from the UK, and is in response to Lipsky’s Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself.
These pieces were orginally made for Issue 3 of ‘This Is Water’ – a 7 day personal zine about trying to pay attention I make and self publish.
I started ‘This is Water’ ( which of course steals its name from David Foster Wallace’s 2005 Kenyon College speech) in 2010 as an attempt to personally and meaningfully engage with the ideas he talks about in the speech; the importance of awareness, the difficulty of transcending our ‘natural, hard-wired default setting’ of being ‘deeply and literally self-centred’ and trying to live ‘consciously, adultly, day in and day out’.
Attention and compassion form…
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