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The inevitable : contemporary writers confront death

Author: David Shields; Bradford Morrow
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Birth is not inevitable. Life certainly isn't. The sole inevitability of existence, the only sure consequence of being alive, is death. In these eloquent and surprising essays, twenty writers face this fact, among them Geoff Dyer, who describes the ghost bikes memorializing those who die in biking accidents; Jonathan Safran Foer, proposing a new way of punctuating dialogue in the face of a family history of heart  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Shields; Bradford Morrow
ISBN: 9780393339369 039333936X
OCLC Number: 601106389
Description: 332 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction / David Shields and Bradford Morrow --
Deathwatch / David Gates --
Between the forest and the well : notes on death / Kyoki Mori --
Bayham Street / Robert Clark --
The sutra of maggots and blowflies / Sallie Tisdale --
A primer for the punctuation of heart disease / Jonathan Safran Foer --
Silence and awakening / Diane Ackerman --
A solemn pleasure / Melissa Pritchard --
Death in the age of digital proliferation, and other considerations / Christopher Sorrentino --
The siege / Joyce Carol Oates --
Field notes for the graveyard enthusiast / Robin Hemley --
Inside story / Peter Straub --
Invasion to the dance / Kevin Baker --
Death wish in Negroland / Margo Jefferson --
Grace Street / Greg Bottoms --
The final plot / Lynne Tillman --
Lessness / Lance Olsen --
Bijou / Mark Doty --
Cézanne's colors / Brenda Hillman --
What will survive of us / Geoff Dyer --
This is the life / Annie Dillard.
Other Titles: Contemporary writers confront death
Responsibility: edited by David Shields and Bradford Morrow ; with an introduction by the editors.
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What is death and how does it touch upon life? Twenty writers look for answers.  Read more...

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