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Posted by katharina (Member # 827) on :
She's funny, she's insightful, she's brief, and she's fantastic. As is proper, they gave her a standing ovation. I wanted to stand up and clap myself.
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Posted by Launchywiggin (Member # 9116) on :
Everyone I talked to who saw it said it was great. I slept through it this morning, though.
Posted by BlueWizard (Member # 9389) on :
Oh yes, I heard it live. It was an excellent speech. Far far better than the droning platitudes you usually get from such a speech.
It can be found in written form in the on-line Harvard Newspaper, and the video is available at
Well, worth a listen.
Posted by martha (Member # 141) on :
I enjoyed the irony of her saying that she didn't remember a word of the speech from her own commencement, and now everyone can watch her speech on YouTube.
I thought it was really profound what she said about failure, that if she hadn't failed so completely in the first place, she probably never would have written the books that made her famous.
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