The Inevitable: Contemporary Writers Confront Death (Paperback)

By David Shields (Editor), Bradford Morrow (Editor)
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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 Author

David Shields's The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead was a New York Times bestseller. He lives in Seattle.

Bradford Morrow (b. 1951) is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, editor, and author of children's books. He grew up in Colorado and traveled extensively before settling in New York and launching the renowned literary journal "Conjunctions". His novel "The Almanac Branch "was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, and for "Trinity Fields", Morrow was the recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Academy Award in Literature. He has garnered numerous other accolades for his fiction, including O. Henry and Pushcart prizes, as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship. Morrow is a professor of literature and Bard Center Fellow at Bard College.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780393339369
ISBN-10: 039333936X
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: February 21st, 2011
Pages: 332
Language: English