Brilliant Posts: A new twist on the Grim Reaper

This is the third in my Brilliant Posts series. I’ve just discovered an unusual blog called The Call of the Siren, by Nick Owchar, in his own words “…. a site about books on myth, fantasy and more, which continues a regular column that I wrote for the Los Angeles Times for many years while serving as deputy editor of the newspaper’s book coverage….”

The Grim Reaper
The Grim Reaper

To quote from Nick Owchar again, “When Julian Barnes writes about losing his wife to a brain tumor, he writes instead about the adventures of 18th and 19th century balloonists. It makes for the most unusual kind of memoir — and it highlights how truly difficult it is to express what we’re feeling when one of our loved ones dies…..”

We need to be more open, more lateral, more literary, more honest, in approaching the topic of death.  It has become more and more something to avoid, as secularism bites deep into our culture.

Read this post. It holds riches….

 Books of death: new in bookstores. 

200 words copyright Anne Whitaker 2013
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2 thoughts on “Brilliant Posts: A new twist on the Grim Reaper

  1. I went over to Nick’s blog and enjoyed the post very much. I left him a comment, too, with a nod to the very nice lady who made me aware of him!

    1. Thanks, Linda. I like my Brilliant Posts idea, since it’s a delight to share really striking posts which may open up all sorts of new terrain to explore….

      Now I’m away over to see what you said to Nick!

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