The Freedom of the Artist

What do Karl Rove, the terraforming of Mars, missionaries singing English hymns in Japan, and learning German in your sleep have in common? This commencement speech from Laurie Anderson.

This may be the strangest commencement speech ever given, but there’s probably more to learn from it for all that. The speech itself starts just past 2:30.


  1. John D says

    Brilliant. I love Laurie Anderson. Saw her perform live in the early 1980’s in Detroit.

    “Paging Mr. Sharkey…. white courtesy telephone please…. paging Mr. Sharkey….”