Movie of the week: My commencement speech.


It’s like two months since I’ve made a movie, and I’ve been feeling overfull of things to say.

I spent a lot of time thinking about what I had wanted to say to The 21 Convention, and I ended up getting to do my schtick twice, which was ideal for me. I could have done it thirty more times without becoming boring — to me, at least!

What I’m doing here is a sort of commencement speech, a celebration of my moving on to a different state of excitation — even if everyone else stays exactly the same.

But I’m using extended arguments about the idea of preferring the subjunctive to the existential to defend my way of thinking in a comprehensive way.

I’ve spent my whole life thinking about how to talk to you — I say that in the movie — and this little clip may be the most comprehensive job I have done so far of communicating at least this small idea: We are not talking about the same things.

I don’t trade in your currency — I say that in the film also — but I am trying to convey to you why my currency is so much better for you than the stuff you’ve been trading with until now.

This stuff ain’t easy, I know, and it is plausible to me that my take-no-prisoners approach makes things harder for you, not easier. Oh, well…

This is me at my most me, the meest of the mes I have presented in these videos — all of which are intended to acquaint you with my style of being as the result of your having spent time with me being me.

I love this movie. I hope you do, too.

The audio-only version of this video is linked below, or you can find the podcast on iTunes.

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