Tuesday, June 14, 2011

№ 21. We want Coco! The red-orange variety, please.

"It is our failure to become our perceived ideal that ultimately defines us and makes us unique. It's not easy, but if you accept your misfortune and handle it right, your perceived failure can become a catalyst for profound re-invention."

Image from wikipedia

By tradition, college commencement addresses are supposed to be brief, serious, self-important and eminently forgettable because the diplomas are coming real soon. (Quick! Who spoke at your graduation?)

By all these counts, late-night comedian Conan O'Brien failed the other day at Dartmouth College.

Which is what makes his 23-minute oration so memorable and funny and human. Amid all the relevant and self-deprecating silliness, O'Brien also managed to share a significant slice of himself and to impart a valuable lesson to the more than 1,700 graduates, family, friends and, as O'Brien put it, those old folks who just like to come to these things.

Who cares about Dartmouth. That was just the setting for a memorable speech by someone now starring on basic cable.

There's a smidge of politics in his remarks. But even if there wasn't we'd highly recommend you give this video a view.

from LA Times

Bento Box: For the text of the speech, visit Dartmouth

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