Death and Diana Athill

Diana Athill didn’t set out many years ago to think about death in a regular way every day. But she has. Now she’s 96 and unafraid…
Diana Athill didn’t set out many years ago to think about death in a regular way every day. But she has. Now she’s 96 and unafraid… [More]

How Sigmund Freud Wanted to Die

“Be prepared to see something that you will not like,” Freud told his doctor. He opened his mouth. It was cancer. Freud started to plan how to die…
“Be prepared to see something that you will not like,” Freud told his doctor. He opened his mouth. It was cancer. Freud started to plan how to die… [More]

Why I Hope to Die at 75

Americans are a people obsessed with living longer, a misguided and destructive obsession, says Ezekiel Emanuel. He wants to die at 75…
Americans are a people obsessed with living longer, a misguided and destructive obsession, says Ezekiel Emanuel. He wants to die at 75… [More]

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]