Reading About Death

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Cemetary in Moss Landing Harbor. Photo by Jean Vengua

Reading Sherwin B. Nuland’s book, How We Die. It’s a very good book, focusing (in detail) on the most common pathological features that drive death in humans. Well written by a thoughtful, intelligent, and very experienced surgeon. But — oy. Reading this after Timothy Morton’s Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World , and Jeff Vandermeer’s Area X trilogy (Part I is titled “Annihilation”) has been a bit much. Still, I’m glad I read them.