Is death insignificant?

The swatting of a fly – so common, so insignificant – demonstrates that we don’t know what to think about death, whether a fly’s or our own…
The swatting of a fly – so common, so insignificant – demonstrates that we don’t know what to think about death, whether a fly’s or our own… [More]

Death

Death is a topic about which much has been said, little of it reassuring. For Montaigne, who thought about it constantly, life meant preparing to die…
Death is a topic about which much has been said, little of it reassuring. For Montaigne, who thought about it constantly, life meant preparing to die… [More]

The novel is dead

Will Self waves goodbye to literary fiction. The future will be full of tweets, text messages, and computer games – nothing too difficult, nothing too serious…
Will Self waves goodbye to literary fiction. The future will be full of tweets, text messages, and computer games – nothing too difficult, nothing too serious… [More]

The Fort Hood Shooting: An Insider's Look

Kelly Perez, the spouse of an active member of the military, reflects on the tradegy of the Fort Hood shooting. For men and women that have bonded through the intensity of military service, murder-suicide creates a dichotomy of emotions in fellow soldiers and their spouses alike.
Kelly Perez, the spouse of an active member of the military, reflects on the tradegy of the Fort Hood shooting. For men and women that have bonded through the intensity of military service, murder-suicide creates a dichotomy of emotions in fellow soldiers and their spouses alike. [More]

On Philip Seymour Hoffman

While Hoffman's passing is upsetting, I have an overall sense of gratitude and found myself actually envying his accomplishments rather than fixating on his death. He left us something and he used his great skill as an actor to show us something about the world and about ourselves. Few of us, even if we live to a ripe old age, will have either the talent or the opportunity to do what he did. [More]

The Daily Owl

All human beings should try to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why. (Thurber)
All human beings should try to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why. (Thurber) [More]

Death and the afterlife

We are doomed. Whether by sudden asteroid or failing ozone, humanity will come to an end. But don’t despair! Life is not a Ponzi scheme…
We are doomed. Whether by sudden asteroid or failing ozone, humanity will come to an end. But don’t despair! Life is not a Ponzi scheme… [More]

The Daily Owl 12-30-2013

The threat of death is the most common symbol for anxiety, but most of us in our ‘civilized’ era do not find ourselves looking into the barrel of a gun or in other ways specifically threatened with death very often. The great bulk of our anxiety comes when some value we hold essential to our existence as selves is threatened. (May)
The threat of death is the most common symbol for anxiety, but most of us in our ‘civilized’ era do not find ourselves looking into the barrel of a gun or in other ways specifically threatened with death very often. The great bulk of our anxiety comes when some value we hold essential to our existence as selves is threatened. (May) [More]

The Daily Owl 9-24-2013

The question of death is thus central to the whole of religious thought, is that to which everything else in the religious striving is an accessory: ‘If there is no immortality, what use is God?’ (Barrett)
The question of death is thus central to the whole of religious thought, is that to which everything else in the religious striving is an accessory: ‘If there is no immortality, what use is God?’ (Barrett) [More]

The Daily Owl 9-13-2013

"Death is the event in life. It is our chief organizing principle. It's why we rush and why we dawdle. Why we butter-up our bosses and fawn over our children. Why we like both fast cars and fading flowers. Why we write poetry. Why sex thrills us. It's why we wonder why we are here." (Russell Shorto)
"Death is the event in life. It is our chief organizing principle. It's why we rush and why we dawdle. Why we butter-up our bosses and fawn over our children. Why we like both fast cars and fading flowers. Why we write poetry. Why sex thrills us. It's why we wonder why we are here." (Russell Shorto) [More]