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For some reason I’ve been thinking about commencement addresses and graduation speeches lately. Maybe it’s that I read Neil Gaiman’s Make Good Art speech. It’s Philip Seymour Hoffman (who will be missed) reminds me of Almost Famous. The best become viral videos and are genuinely helpful to those who hear them. The rest — like mine — are of now use what so ever and forgotten the second that they are finished.
Here are some of my favourites.
- The scene in the last episode of Gilmore Girls season three (“Those Are Strings, Pinocchio”) where they are in foyer in Chilton and Lorelai turns to Rory and says, “Look, it’s not so scary anymore.” That’s what graduation is all about. You take a place that once seemed strange and big and make it familiar. You get to know it and make it your own. I felt like this when I was leaving university.
- Steve Job’s 2005 commencement speech to Stanford
- J.K. Rowling’s speech to Harvard
- Neil Gaiman’s make good art speech. This can be taken in either as a delightful book designed by the renowned Chip Kidd.
- During the graduation speech in Almost Famous that William Miller does not attend the person speaking says, “Remember yourselves as you are today, so full of hope and possibility.”
“Two thousand and fourteen is one of those rare years of political quiet. No general election in federal, provincial or civic politics for the first time since 2009.”
“Next: the delicate art of negotiating private duels with godlike monsters.”
-Fables: Rose Red (vol. 15)
“Norway’s oil wealth and weird songs about foxes.”
“Trudeau was willing but laid down two conditions: He would not propose anything that would require a constitutional amendment, with all the attendant, divisive wrangling with the provinces that would entail. Nor did he want to simply promise to do something if elected prime minister one day; he wanted to be able to ‘walk the walk’ — a tall order for the leader of the third party, who has zero legislative power.”
“7. If a vehicle weighs over 5 tons (trucks, busses, etc.), it probably cannot see you. Even with lots of mirrors, they’re essentially driving blind out there. You should always give these vehicles a wide berth. The same goes for anything with a trailer.”
“I figured children in full camouflage tended to shoot bears more often than I did.”
-Notes on the Awkward Airplane Conversation
“But he isn’t really a joke-teller so much as a performer who just says ‘yes’ to everything.”