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Round-Trip to Deadsville: A Year in the Funeral Underground

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Our narrator, Tim Matson, assaulted by middle-aged existential doubt and morbid preoccupations, sets out to confront the demons of death and the denizens of the funeral trade. His odyssey begins when he stares down a photograph of Ginseng Willard, a flinty old Vermonter who built his own coffin from a piano case, then used it as a bed for the rest of his natural days. Matson ups the ante by deciding to build his own coffin. Like any self-respecting American literary hero, he heads out on the road to learn how to go about it. Along the way he meets an unforgettable cabal of characters who populate the funeral underground--among them the Undertaker and the Crusader, the Anatomist and the Astrologer, the Organist and the Gravedigger--and learns why the living always get the last word, and why when sprinkling ashes it is best to use a wide-mouth urn.In Round-Trip to Deadsville, the author taps death on the shoulder and asks to bum a ride. Sometimes you'll feel as if Buster Keaton had slipped through a trap door into a funeral parlor in backcountry Vermont. Other times you'll be at the wheel, with Hitchcock and Sartre riding shotgun. Round-Trip to Deadsville offers thrills, chills, and laughter, but also a face-to-face encounter with some of life's Big Questions.

Synopsis:

Why is a 700-hundred-year-old Sufi mystic one of the best-selling poets in America today? Rumi's verses embrace human and spiritual truths fearlessly and without regard to social convention. This volume contains more than 300 translations of the poet's short poems and 32 plates of original Persian calligraphy as well as a description of the life of the poet.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781890132910
Author:
Matson, Tim
Publisher:
Chelsea Green Publishing Company
Author:
Matson
Author:
Khalili, Nader
Location:
White River Junction, Vt.
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Death & Dying
Subject:
Undertakers and undertaking
Subject:
Funeral rites and ceremonies
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Sociology - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
00-R12
Publication Date:
20020731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
148
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 9.6 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Why is a 700-hundred-year-old Sufi mystic one of the best-selling poets in America today? Rumi's verses embrace human and spiritual truths fearlessly and without regard to social convention. This volume contains more than 300 translations of the poet's short poems and 32 plates of original Persian calligraphy as well as a description of the life of the poet.
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