New York Times publishes excerpt of Colson Whitehead’s Commencement speech
A New York Times roundup of "some of the best and most noteworthy" 2017 Commencement speeches includes an excerpt from Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Colson Whitehead's keynote address at Connecticut College.
"Here's the problem of every storyteller—to make sense of the chaos, to gather all the plot strands into dramatic unity. To figure out the ending, no matter what the plot throws at you," Whitehead said at the College's 99th Commencement May 21. "The universe may seem like a lonely place sometimes, but there are as many you's as there are stars in the sky. Maybe one of them will step up at the right time and tell you what to make of it all."
Other Commencement speakers on the list include The Dalai Lama, Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and Sheryl Sandberg.
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