“What is water?” asked writer David Foster Wallace in a now famous 2005 commencement speech.
In his talk at Kenyon College in Ohio, the U.S. novelist adopted the perspective of a fish: Water is what surrounds the fish with such obviousness that it is no longer noticed, he said, even though it makes everything possible.
For me water is the peace in which I live, the absence of arbitrary state power, war and degradation.
In this nourishing water, I developed a focus on my inner life — along with on consumption and culture. I was cool even in the face of dramatic events. Generally, I assumed life offers real possibilities.