April 14, 2014
"I go to seek a Great Perhaps."

François Rabelais

French Renaissance man Francois Rabelais died 461 years ago. His legacy includes the word Rabelaisian—used to describe good-natured, bawdy humor. This quote is supposed to be his dying words — that may be in dispute, but I like it nevertheless.

April 12, 2014
Death and the Bible

Death and the Bible

William Blake's  “Ancient of Days”

William Blake’s “Ancient of Days”

Poet Billy Collins has quipped that majoring in English means majoring in death. It is the big theme in literature. I was an English major.

None of us likes death and we don’t like to think about it, but we can’t help but think about it.

I had a course in the Bible as literature in college. The course didn’t convince me that the Bible is literature or convince me…

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March 25, 2014
The Dead and the Living

The Dead and the Living

The dead are a part of those

who lived  – or perhaps it is that

the living are a part of those

who will one day be the dead.

We want to belong. We do belong.

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January 12, 2014
Yeah, this is my approach. Just take Death for a fun ride once and awhile.

Yeah, this is my approach. Just take Death for a fun ride once and awhile.

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October 27, 2013
"Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light."

When Dylan Thomas went on his fourth reading tour of the United States in 1953, he was deep into his alcoholism. He was hospitalized with alcohol poisoning just as the tour began and told his doctor, “I’ve had 18 straight whiskeys. I think that’s the record.”

He died a few days later. One of his last poems is “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” - a poem in the villanelle form about the death of his father.

Dylan Marlais Thomas was born on October 27, 1914, in South Wales at 5 Cwmdonkin Drive in Swansea.

The Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas: The Original Edition

full poem and audio of Thomas’ dramatic reading style

October 17, 2013
John Updike making me think about death and the afterlife rather late at night

John Updike making me think about death and the afterlife rather late at night

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September 30, 2013

on this day, back in 1955, James Dean

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July 29, 2013
Vincent van Gogh died on this day, July 29, in 1890.
He had shot himself in the chest in a wheat field two days before and managed to make it home to his own bed. It’s still unclear how and why the shooting occurred.
The doctor decided not to remove the bullet. His brother Theo was sent for in Paris.
Theo reported that Vincent’s last words were “The sadness will go on forever.”

Vincent van Gogh died on this day, July 29, in 1890.

He had shot himself in the chest in a wheat field two days before and managed to make it home to his own bed. It’s still unclear how and why the shooting occurred.

The doctor decided not to remove the bullet. His brother Theo was sent for in Paris.

Theo reported that Vincent’s last words were “The sadness will go on forever.”

July 19, 2013
sex and death - of course, in another film it was Love & Death

sex and death - of course, in another film it was Love & Death

July 2, 2013
It was on this day (7/2/61) that Ernest Hemingway committed suicide in Ketchum, Idaho. He’d had trouble writing and had been working on a long novel called The Sea Book. The writing was difficult and he only published a section under the title The Old Man and the Sea (1952).
Despite the fact that the book was well reviewed and won the Pulitzer Prize, he was disappointed with himself for only being able to finish that short novella.

 LIFE.com presents pictures of Hemingway in Cuba in 1952 — and the unsettling, untold story behind Alfred Eisenstaedt’s photos.  (Alfred Eisenstaedt—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

It was on this day (7/2/61) that Ernest Hemingway committed suicide in Ketchum, Idaho. He’d had trouble writing and had been working on a long novel called The Sea Book. The writing was difficult and he only published a section under the title The Old Man and the Sea (1952).

Despite the fact that the book was well reviewed and won the Pulitzer Prize, he was disappointed with himself for only being able to finish that short novella.

 LIFE.com presents pictures of Hemingway in Cuba in 1952 — and the unsettling, untold story behind Alfred Eisenstaedt’s photos.  (Alfred Eisenstaedt—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

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April 30, 2013
"Sleep, those little slices of death — how I loathe them."

— reading Edgar Allan Poe at 2 am

April 29, 2013
"Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect."

— J.K. Rowling

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April 26, 2013
"Midway upon the journey of our life
I found myself within a forest dark,
For the straightforward pathway had been lost.
Ah me! how hard a thing it is to say
What was this forest savage, rough, and stern,
Which in the very thought renews the fear."

from Inferno: Canto I by Dante Alighieri

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April 21, 2013
"The taste of death is upon my lips… I feel something, that is not of this earth."

Mozart’s dying words - it sounds grim but I have always had a facination for the last words people say before leaving this world.

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February 24, 2013
"

While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.

As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.

"

— Leonardo da Vinci

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