Everybody dies
April 24, 2014 6:27 AM   Subscribe

Ken Tanaka and David Ury’s ‘Everybody Dies’. A book about death.
posted by josher71 (19 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
 
That's really awesome. I know what I'm giving for Christmas presents this year!
posted by xingcat at 6:34 AM on April 24, 2014 [1 favorite]


xingcat, I was just thinking that this would be a great birthday gift, for certain values of great.
posted by Lemmy Caution at 6:41 AM on April 24, 2014 [1 favorite]


YES
posted by Sticherbeast at 6:47 AM on April 24, 2014


Liked that. Also recommended very highly is Michael Rosen's 'Sad Book'.
posted by colie at 7:53 AM on April 24, 2014


The long-awaited sequel to Everybody Poops.
posted by grobstein at 8:00 AM on April 24, 2014 [2 favorites]


But its honesty and cheekiness are refreshing, and far more engaging than the “Before I Die” public art shtick that was also recently given the book treatment, by St. Martin’s Press.

Full disclosure. I'm in the "Before I Die" book and watched how this "shtick" transformed our small town, got a lot of people to think and to care and to push themselves. it got one of my kids out of a very serious rut and helped her transform her life.

Fine, appreciate this other book. But do you have to shit on another worthwhile project?
posted by kinetic at 8:11 AM on April 24, 2014 [2 favorites]


Subtitled: The Inner Monologue of my Life as a Person with Clinical Depression.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 8:20 AM on April 24, 2014 [2 favorites]


Well... so far.

*crosses fingers*
posted by ODiV at 8:32 AM on April 24, 2014 [2 favorites]


Subtitled: The Inner Monologue of my Life as a Person with Clinical Depression.

This exactly. I can appreciate that this book might somehow be of benefit for some people. Although for others it can feel like a transcript of the endless repetition that goes through your brain which keeps you from enjoying anything for longer than five minutes.
posted by Dr-Baa at 9:16 AM on April 24, 2014


The long-awaited sequel to Everybody Poops.

I occasionally have dinner with a couple of friends I have known since high school: one has become a nurse and one a police officer. They take delight in trading stories of deaths they have been present for. Based on their extensive store of macabre anecdotes, I think the proper sequel is Everybody Poops When They Die.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 9:16 AM on April 24, 2014 [3 favorites]


That's really awesome. I know what I'm giving for Christmas presents this year!

I might be missing the sarcasm, but I cannot conceive of who I might give this book to, or under what circumstance.

That doesn't mean I don't think it's awesome. It's just that, to quote Louis CK, I don't know what to do with that information.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 9:29 AM on April 24, 2014


Well of course the Golden Gate Bridge is the symbol for suicide. :-(
posted by Nelson at 9:32 AM on April 24, 2014


If I want a downer I usually go for Orcagna's fresco of people shouting angrily at Death to hurry up.
posted by Segundus at 9:41 AM on April 24, 2014 [2 favorites]


This exactly. I can appreciate that this book might somehow be of benefit for some people. Although for others it can feel like a transcript of the endless repetition that goes through your brain which keeps you from enjoying anything for longer than five minutes.

Well, I didn't necessarily mean that in a BAD way, and I truly apologize for bringing the thread down if I did. (My favorite SNL sketch ever.) I actually love the book and it's whimsical, cheery-looking illustrations on what most people might see as a horrible topic.

Everybody's depression is different, I guess - for some of us, successful treatment doesn't mean that those thoughts disappear. They just become something as non-threatening and routine as pooping is in the other book.

"Good cup of coffee! Got to catch the seven o'clock bus, meeting with Rose at eleven. Got your wallet, keys, phone, and pill case? Oh, is today the day Jami's out of the office? Crud, am I gonna have enough time to do extra laundry tonight for the whole weekend plus rehearsals? Yeah, I think so; I did all those T-shirts on Monday. Oh, and by the way, everything you love and rely on is temporary, the cat has about a year or two left, and you're staving off death by degrees no matter what you do. Have a good one!"

I mean, I have no idea what the author intends, but that's what I get out of it, and I like it. I may get a copy or two for friends and family.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 10:25 AM on April 24, 2014 [1 favorite]


But do you have to shit on another worthwhile project?

If we don't shit on worthwhile things, how else will people know that we're smart & sophisticated?
posted by aramaic at 10:26 AM on April 24, 2014 [4 favorites]


Don't forget the transhumanist answer to this!
posted by Wretch729 at 11:12 AM on April 24, 2014 [1 favorite]


I really really like this. The bright colors and the whimsical treatment. I do wonder if someone who is still grieving might find the book offensive?
posted by Omnomnom at 1:01 PM on April 24, 2014


In a similar vein, in terms of introducing/discussing heavy concepts with kids, I recommend Stormy Night, by Michele Lemieux:

"Michele Lemieux's beautifully illustrated Stormy Night presents a litany of key existential questions asked by an unnamed girl who lies awake at night, fretting and listening to a storm."
posted by The Card Cheat at 4:06 PM on April 24, 2014


Valar Morghulis.
posted by homunculus at 9:08 PM on April 25, 2014


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