to die for

This has to be quick but as you know one of the areas on my exams next week is Trauma Theory. With that comes a lot of reading of typically depressing things–about war veterans, Holocaust survivors, and unexpected deaths. But I find it to be the most insightful reading I’ve ever done and think our society should be more open to discussions of dying rather than make it a taboo subject, which does nothing to prepare us for how to deal with it when it faces us.

Here are links to some readings I’ve found intriguing this week:

Joan Didion’s “After Life,” which is the opening to her book The Year of Magical Thinking. Go buy the book–it’s fantastic and sad and beautifully written.

Dave Winer’s “Preserving Ideas” and Ryan Meehan’s “Life, death and mourning on the social web: What should Newsvine do?” are both interesting takes on how long our online presence lasts after we die and what mainstream sites should do to let our “network” know, if anything.

Finally, a book I’m reading for my Autoethnography class, Communicating at the End of Life: Finding Magic in the Mundane. I never thought I’d be open to the idea of volunteering at places with people on the cusp of dying, but Foster’s book tells us all about the rewards of doing so through her experience with hospice that I think I actually could one day. The book is written as an evocative tale of her meeting her patient Dorothy and interviewing other volunteers, and I think anyone interesting in communication and discourse, never mind human life and experience, would benefit from it.

2 thoughts on “to die for

  1. Hello dawllin-

    I understand that Vanessa Redgrave is going to be scary good in The Year of Magical Thinking that just began previews in NYC.

    LOve you/mean it.


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