Synopses & Reviews
A behind-the-scenes look at morticians and funeral directors' most embarrassing, jaw-dropping, irreverent, and deeply poignant stories about life at death's door.
Death is an inevitable reality that we must all face at some point. It can be difficult and perhaps painful to consider, but just as life can give great meaning to a personandrsquo;s death, so too can death help enhance a personandrsquo;s life. In this eye-opening collection of interviews, Jarman interviews cultural anthropologists, gravediggers, filmmakers, philosophers, ambulance drivers, and more for their stories, insights, and experiences.
Death is an inevitable reality that can be difficult and painful to consider, but just as life can give great meaning to a personandrsquo;s death, so too can death enhance a personandrsquo;s life. This eye-opening collection of interviews contains the thoughts and reflections from experts in a variety of fields andmdash; cultural anthropologists, gravediggers, filmmakers, philosophers, ambulance drivers, and more andmdash; as well as discussions with everyday people who have encountered death in their lives. Personal, philosophical, and sometimes even funny, Death offers a poignant take on the ultimate journey and the extraordinary ways it can open up our lives.
About the Author
Casey Jarman has served as the music editor at the Pulitzer Prize-winning weekly, Willamette Week, in Portland, Oregon. He has also served as Managing Editor of The Believer in San Francisco, and co-founded Party Damage Records in 2013. He has written for The Believer, Willamette Week, Nylon, Next American City, and Reed Magazine. He has also provided illustrations for Portland Monthly, Willamette Week, and the website of Lucky Peach. He is currently a contributing editor and illustrations editor at The Believer.