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Speech 26:  Tim Minchin (9 Life Lessons)

Speech 26: Tim Minchin (9 Life Lessons)

The musings of Tim Minchin are genius.  Irreverent, foul-mouthed and derisive, but genius.

Minchin bestows his advice on a group of graduates at his alma mater, The University of Western Australia.  This is a familiar engagement for many celebrities including; Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, Natalie Portman and even Kanye West.  These are usually presentations worth watching – well crafted, polished, insightful and thought-provoking.

But none are quite like this.

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Speech 25:  Nora Ephron (be the heroine of your life)

Speech 25: Nora Ephron (be the heroine of your life)

“What I’m saying is, don’t delude yourself that the powerful cultural values that wrecked the lives of so many of my classmates have vanished from the earth.”

Nora Ephron is the writer that brought us such classics as When Harry Met Sally, Julie and Julia and Silkwood.  So, we would expect sharp wit combined with humour and this speech delivers both.  Ephron goes further in her delivery a compelling feminist message and a warning to the graduating class of Wellesley College in 1996.

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