Contemporary Writers Confront Death
Publication Date: February 2011
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Birth is not inevitable. Life certainly isn't. The sole inevitability of existence, the only sure consequence of being alive, is death. In these eloquent and surprising essays, twenty writers face this fact, among them Geoff Dyer, who describes the ghost bikes memorializing those who die in biking accidents; Jonathan Safran Foer, proposing a new way of punctuating dialogue in the face of a family history of heart attacks and decimation by the Holocaust; Mark Doty, whose reflections on the art-porn movie Bijou lead to a meditation on the intersection of sex and death epitomized by the AIDS epidemic; and Joyce Carol Oates, who writes about the loss of her husband and faces her own mortality. Other contributors include Annie Dillard, Diane Ackerman, Peter Straub, and Brenda Hillman.
About the AuthorDavid Shields's The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead was a New York Times bestseller. He lives in Seattle.
David Shields, the author of "Reality Hunger", is the Milliman Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the University of Washington.