September 10th, 2012


Looking at Mortality

This week's Wild Violet selections take an imaginative look at mortality. I like to group things together that seem to fit with each other, and I realized, reading through these three pieces, that they all did the same thing.

You might wonder why I would choose such pieces on what was, after all, my birthday weekend. Then again, maybe that's not a surprise at all. I mean, turning a year older is enough to make anybody think about their own mortality, right? Of course, I also happen to have a birthday just three days before 9/11, and that always makes me turn to thoughts about how short our time on earth is. I think you'll find that, far from being dismal, these three pieces find imaginative ways of seeing that transition between life and death (and the beauty along the way).