DFW: “Your education really is the job of a lifetime”

“Probably the most dangerous thing about an academic education–least in my own case–is that it enables my tendency to over-intellectualize stuff, to get lost in abstract argument inside my head, instead of simply paying attention to what is going on right in front of me, paying attention to what is going on inside me.”

David Foster Wallace, in a commencement speech at Kenyon College in 2005.

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