The Night Album
A memoir and a work of polemical journalism consider death and the ways we approach it
Never Say Die:
The Myth and Marketing of the New Old Age
by Susan Jacoby
$27.95 List Price
IF WE LIVE LONG ENOUGH, GRIEF BECOMES A RESURGENT SCAR on the landscape. Death erases parents, friends, and spouses from our maps of the world, desertifying and shrinking the terrain. Even deaths of people we did not particularly like provoke a queasy feeling that our own extinction is rushing toward us, unthinkable and certain.
We don’t expect to lose our children. That is outside the natural order of things, an
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