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The inevitable
contemporary writers confront death
1st ed.
edited by David Shields and Bradford Morrow ; with an introduction by the editors

Published 2011 by W. W. Norton & Co. in New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

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 attacks and decimation by the Holocaust; Mark Doty, whose reflections on the art-porn movie Bijou lead to a meditation on the intersection of sex and death epitomized by the AIDS epidemic; and Joyce Carol Oates, who writes about the loss of her husband and faces her own mortality. Other contributors include Annie Dillard, Diane Ackerman, Peter Straub, Brenda Hillman, and Terry Castle. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.

Table of 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.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. [331]-332).

Other Titles
Contemporary writers confront death


Dewey Decimal Class
810.9/3548, 814.4/3548
Library of Congress
PS129 .I64 2011

The Physical Object

332 p. ;
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