There are these two young fish swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, "Morning, boys, how's the water?" And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes, "What the hell is water?"
... The immediate point of the fish story is that the most obvious, ubiquitous, important realities are often the ones that are the hardest to see and talk about.
David Foster Wallace,
in the commencement speech to a graduating class at Kenyon College, Ohio
(Entire speech at Guardian.co.uk)
On Junichiro Tanizaki's The Maids
6 months ago