The Undertaking

Author: Thomas Lynch
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9781446484968
Release Date: 2011-06-30
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Like all poets, inspired by death, Lynch is, unlike others, also hired to bury the dead or cremate them and to tend to their families in a small Michigan town where he serves as the funeral director. In the conduct of these duties he has kept his eyes open, his ears tuned to the indispensable vernaculars of love and grief. In these twelve essays is the voice of both witness and functionary. Lynch stands between 'the living and the living who have dies' with the same outrage and amazement, straining for the same glimpse we all get of what mortality means to a vital species. So here is homage to parents who have died and to children who shouldn't have. Here are golfers tripping over grave-markers, gourmands and hypochondriacs, lovers and suicides. These are essays of rare elegance and grace, full of fierce compassion and rich in humour and humanity - lessons taught to the living by the dead.

Des Teufels W rterbuch

Author: Ambrose Bierce
Publisher: Manesse Verlag
ISBN: 9783641108199
Release Date: 2013-03-25
Genre: Fiction

Ein höllisch schönes Geschenk! Hämischer, sarkastischer und politisch unkorrekter als Ambrose Bierce hat wohl kaum jemand die Welt beschrieben. In gewitzten Stichworten von A wie «Abendland» bis Z wie «Zyniker» erklärt er den Lauf der Dinge, gesehen durch die Brille eines abgebrühten Pessimisten. In dieser Schmuckausgabe mit schwarzem Samtbezug und roter Folienprägung lauern viele Stunden teuflisch guter Unterhaltung! Bei der Zusammenstellung seiner Misanthropismen ließ «Bitter Bierce» die reine Willkür walten. So folgt auch in der Übersetzung auf die «Braut» das «Brechmittel», auf «Betragen» das Wort «betrügen» und auf den «Erzbischof» der «Esel». Bierce’ Spott gilt sozialen, politischen und charakterlichen Missständen, seine Geißel trifft Machthaber und Autoritäten jeden erdenklichen Kalibers. Mit weit über 1000 Stichworten präsentiert die vorliegende Ausgabe diesen Klassiker der satirischen Literatur so umfangreich wie nie zuvor in deutscher Sprache.

Still Life In Milford

Author: Thomas Lynch
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9781446483916
Release Date: 2011-06-30
Genre: Literary Criticism

In Still Life in Milford, Lynch casts the cold eye we are told to on life and death, history and memory, the local and the larger geographics. Examining the dynamics of faith, remembrance, and intimate conduct, these poems are informed by end times, tribulations and visions that make up the ordinary enterprise of daily life. Colloquy and narrative, soliloquy and tribute, Still Life in Milford engages the full register of the poet's voices as elegist, eulogist, obituarist, straight man and passer-by to achieve a difficult and inimitable harmony.

Fragen Sie Ihren Bestatter

Author: Caitlin Doughty
Publisher: C.H.Beck
ISBN: 9783406688218
Release Date: 2016-01-22
Genre: Political Science

Wie befördert man übergewichtige Tote aus dem obersten Stockwerk auf die Straße? Wie geht man mit den schockierten Angehörigen um? Und wie bekommt man die Knochen in die Urne? In ihrem unter die Haut gehenden Memoir berichtet Caitlin Doughty in teils komischen, teils bizarren Szenen von ihrer etwas anderen Arbeit. Ein eindrucksvolles Plädoyer dafür, unsere Toten nicht länger hinter einem Vorhang aus Angst und Tabus verschwinden zu lassen. Als die 23-jährige Caitlin Doughty ihren Dienst als Krematoriumsfachkraft antritt, ist ihre erste Aufgabe, eine Leiche zu rasieren. So wird sie im Westwind-Krematorium schnell zur Expertin, die vor keiner Aufgabe zurückschreckt. In ihrem wunderbar offenherzig und ironisch geschriebenen Buch öffnet sie uns die Augen für unseren Umgang mit den Toten. Sie blickt zurück in die Geschichte des Todes und erzählt, was in anderen Kulturen mit den Leichen geschieht. Wer schon immer mit einem guten Freund zur Mitternacht einen Friedhof besuchen wollte, um den Tod mit anderen Augen zu sehen, der sollte diese unvergessliche Geschichte lesen.

A Doctor s Dictionary

Author: Iain Bamforth
Publisher: Carcanet
ISBN: 9781784100575
Release Date: 2015-08-01
Genre: Literary Collections

In this wide-reaching abecedarium, doctor and poet Iain Bamforth dissects the conflict of values embodied in what we call medicine—never entirely a science and no longer quite the art it used to be. Bamforth brings to bear his experience of medicine from around the world, from the hightech American Hospital of Paris to community health centres of Papua, along with his engaging interest in the stranger manifestations of medical matters in relation to art, literature and culture. Drawing on the lives and ideas of some of Europe's most celebrated writers, from Auden to Zola with stop-offs at the likes of Darwin, Kafka, Orwell, Proustand Weil along the way, Bamforth offers insightful and witty diagnoses of the culture of medicine in the modern age.

Tausend strahlende Sonnen

Author: Khaled Hosseini
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 9783104030760
Release Date: 2014-02-20
Genre: Fiction

Der Weltbestseller vom Autor von ›Drachenläufer‹ und ›Traumsammler‹ Mariam ist fünfzehn, als sie aus der Provinz nach Kabul geschickt und mit dem dreißig Jahre älteren Schuhmacher Raschid verheiratet wird. Jahre später erlebt Laila, ein Mädchen aus der Nachbarschaft, ein ähnliches Schicksal. Als ihre Familie bei einem Bombenangriff ums Leben kommt, wird sie Raschids Zweitfrau. Nach anfänglichem Misstrauen werden Mariam und Laila zu engen Freundinnen. Gemeinsam wehren sie sich gegen Raschids Brutalität und planen die Flucht... Ein ergreifender Roman über das Schicksal zweier Frauen in Afghanistan, wie ihn nur einer schreiben kann: der große Geschichtenerzähler Khaled Hosseini.

Life Stories

Author: Maureen O'Connor
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9781591585275
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Memoirs, autobiographies, and diaries represent the most personal and most intimate of genres, as well as one of the most abundant and popular. Gain new understanding and better serve your readers with this detailed genre guide to nearly 700 titles that also includes notes on more than 2,800 read-alike and other related titles. * A list of subjects and suggested "read-alikes" accompany each title * Appendixes cover awards, websites, and resources * Detailed indexes provide further points of access

Life Death Meaning

Author: David Benatar
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442201703
Release Date: 2009-12-31
Genre: Philosophy

Do our lives have meaning? Should we create more people? Is death bad? Should we commit suicide? Would it be better to be immortal? Should we be optimistic or pessimistic? Since Life, Death, and Meaning: Key Philosophical Readings on the Big Questions first appeared, David Benatar's distinctive anthology designed to introduce students to the key existential questions of philosophy has won a devoted following among users in a variety of upper-level and even introductory courses. While many philosophers in the 'continental tradition'_those known as 'existentialists'_have engaged these issues at length and often with great popular appeal, English-speaking philosophers have had relatively little to say on these important questions. Yet, the methodology they bring to philosophical questions can, and occasionally has, been applied usefully to 'existential' questions. This volume draws together a representative sample of primarily English-speaking philosophers' reflections on life's big questions, divided into six sections, covering (1) the meaning of life, (2) creating people, (3) death, (4) suicide, (5) immortality, and (6) optimism and pessimism. These key readings are supplemented with helpful introductions, study questions, and suggestions for further reading, making the material accessible and interesting for students. In short, the book provides a singular introduction to the way that philosophy has dealt with the big questions of life that we are all tempted to ask.

Bodies in Motion and at Rest

Author: Thomas Lynch
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393321649
Release Date: 2001-06-01
Genre: Literary Collections

A Michigan poet, funeral director, and American Book Award-winning author of The Undertaking continues his quirky observations on the relations between the literary and mortuary arts, in a collection of illuminating essays and observations on life, death, and creative expression. Reprint.


Release Date: 1997-08

From the concert stage to the dressing room, from the recording studio to the digital realm, SPIN surveys the modern musical landscape and the culture around it with authoritative reporting, provocative interviews, and a discerning critical ear. With dynamic photography, bold graphic design, and informed irreverence, the pages of SPIN pulsate with the energy of today's most innovative sounds. Whether covering what's new or what's next, SPIN is your monthly VIP pass to all that rocks.

Booking Passage

Author: Thomas Lynch
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9781446483893
Release Date: 2011-06-30
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

In February of 1970, Thomas Lynch, aged twenty-one, bought a one-way ticket to Ireland. He landed in the townland of Moveen, at the edge of the ocean in West Clare, outside the thatched cottage that his great-grandfather had left late in the nineteenth century with a one-way ticket to America. Tommy and Nora Lynch, Thomas Lynch's elderly, unmarried, distant cousins welcomed the young American 'home'. In the words of the author, 'it changed my life'. Booking Passage is part travelogue, part cultural study, part memoir and elegy, part guidebook for what Lynch calls 'fellow pilgrims' working their way through their own and the larger histories. It is a magnificent hymn of praise to Ireland.


Author: Richard Bak
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
ISBN: 0814333532
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Photography

An exploration of burial sites and customs in Metro Detroit and the historical and social changes behind our treatment of the dead.