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Posts Tagged: graduation

Readers Report: Harvest

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A collection of short pieces written by Rumpus readers pertaining to the subject of “Harvest.”

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Is This Water?

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Graduation season is upon us again, and with it comes the vacant, cliché-ridden literary animal that is the graduation speech. Over at Lit Hub, Emily Harnett revisits David Foster Wallace’s famous Kenyon graduation speech, “This Is Water,” and marvels at the insidiousness of the speech’s logic and message: Tell your audiences that they’re too smart […]

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Be Kind—You Won’t Regret It

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Check out George Saunders’s graduation speech to the students of Syracuse University, where he is a professor. It’s rife with exhortations to kindness and references to monkey-borne illnesses. You know, the usual. So here’s something I know to be true, although it’s a little corny, and I don’t quite know what to do with it: What […]

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Graduation Season Sugar

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“The most terrible and beautiful and interesting things happen in a life. For some of you, those things have already happened. Whatever happens to you belongs to you. Make it yours. Feed it to yourself even if it feels impossible to swallow. Let it nurture you, because it will.” Around this time last year, Sugar […]

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