Morbid Fascination

Via Literary Kicks, here’s an interview with Michael Largo, author of  “Final Exits: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of How We Die“, “Genius and Heroin: The Illustrated Catalogue of Creativity, Obsession, and Reckless Abandon Through the Ages” and “God’s Lunatics: Lost Souls, False Prophets, Martyred Saints, Murderous Cults, Demonic Nuns, and Other Victims of Man’s Eternal Search for the Divine“. 

Levi: Looking at your three books together, I see … death, creative self-destruction and religious fanaticism. I have some idea what I think might be the common denominaton between all three, but I’d love to hear what you think the common denominator might be.

Michael: Please tell me what it is. I only know that death is extremely fascinating. A life, a person’s story, cannot be complete without it. It is interesting to write the stories of the dead when knowing the beginning, middle, and end. Thematically, there is a Dylan Thomas rage against the “dying of the light,” but of a brand that requires going to the edge of the cliff, not over it. There is a “Hail Mary Full of Nada” denominator, I imagine, but not so serious. More like being locked in a fun house. By in all, there is this lingering suspicion that life is a meaningless proposition, so what else is there to do but create something that might matter, might be remembered, and if nothing else, at least entertain.

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2 responses to “Morbid Fascination”

  1. Thank you, Mayowa. I’ll check out your site as well.

  2. Hey Bill,

    I’ve seen (the virtual) you in the comment section of LitKicks many times. Today’s the first time I’ve clicked through to here though. I rather like what I see.

    I’ve subscribed and i look forward to your posts.

    1. Thank you, Mayowa. I’ll check out your site as well.

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