on slate, unpublished jottings of christopher hitchens from his posthumous book, mortality.
honestly -- i don't know if i will find the courage to even read the book.
here are two snips from the slate page:
larkin good on fear in "aubade," with implied reproof to hume and lucretius for their stoicism. fair enough in one way: atheists ought not to be offering consolation either.
from alan lightman's intricate 1993 novel einstein's dreams; set in berne in 1905:
with infinite life comes an infinite list of relatives. grandparents never die, nor do great-grandparents, great aunts…and so on, back through the generations, all alive and offering advice. sons never escape from the shadows of their fathers. nor do daughters of their mothers. no one ever comes into his own…such is the cost of immortality. no person is whole. no person is free.
the piece includes a beautiful series of photographs.
via daily hitchens