The Undertaking

Author : Thomas Lynch
ISBN : 9781446484968
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Like all poets, inspired by death, Lynch is, unlike others, also hired to bury the dead or cremate them and to tend to their families in a small Michigan town where he serves as the funeral director. In the conduct of these duties he has kept his eyes open, his ears tuned to the indispensable vernaculars of love and grief. In these twelve essays is the voice of both witness and functionary. Lynch stands between 'the living and the living who have dies' with the same outrage and amazement, straining for the same glimpse we all get of what mortality means to a vital species. So here is homage to parents who have died and to children who shouldn't have. Here are golfers tripping over grave-markers, gourmands and hypochondriacs, lovers and suicides. These are essays of rare elegance and grace, full of fierce compassion and rich in humour and humanity - lessons taught to the living by the dead.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Still Life In Milford

Author : Thomas Lynch
ISBN : 9781446483916
Genre : Literary Criticism
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In Still Life in Milford, Lynch casts the cold eye we are told to on life and death, history and memory, the local and the larger geographics. Examining the dynamics of faith, remembrance, and intimate conduct, these poems are informed by end times, tribulations and visions that make up the ordinary enterprise of daily life. Colloquy and narrative, soliloquy and tribute, Still Life in Milford engages the full register of the poet's voices as elegist, eulogist, obituarist, straight man and passer-by to achieve a difficult and inimitable harmony.
Category: Literary Criticism

Booking Passage

Author : Thomas Lynch
ISBN : 9781446483893
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In February of 1970, Thomas Lynch, aged twenty-one, bought a one-way ticket to Ireland. He landed in the townland of Moveen, at the edge of the ocean in West Clare, outside the thatched cottage that his great-grandfather had left late in the nineteenth century with a one-way ticket to America. Tommy and Nora Lynch, Thomas Lynch's elderly, unmarried, distant cousins welcomed the young American 'home'. In the words of the author, 'it changed my life'. Booking Passage is part travelogue, part cultural study, part memoir and elegy, part guidebook for what Lynch calls 'fellow pilgrims' working their way through their own and the larger histories. It is a magnificent hymn of praise to Ireland.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Leben Nach Dem Tod

Author : Dinesh D'Souza
ISBN : 9783641054625
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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Gute Gründe für den Glauben an Gott und das Jenseits Ist der Tod das Ende? Ist es vernünftig, an ein Jenseits zu glauben? Und wenn ja, welche Konsequenzen hat dieser Glaube für uns? Diesen Fragen, die die Menschen seit Jahrhunderten beschäftigen, geht Dinesh D’Souza in bisher nie dagewesener Weise nach. Er verlässt sich weder auf göttliche Offenbarung noch auf religiöse Glaubenserlebnisse oder heilige Texte, sondern nähert sich dem Thema mit Logik, Wissenschaft und außerordentlicher Gelehrsamkeit. Auf der Basis neuester Erkenntnis der Wissenschaft, Philosophie und Psychologie zeigt D’Souza, warum die atheistische Kritik an Gottes- und Jenseitsvorstellungen irrational ist – und warum es als Konsequenz daraus rational ist, an das Leben nach dem Tod zu glauben. Denn nicht zuletzt verleiht der Glaube an das Jenseits dem Leben Sinn und Tiefe, und ist zugleich ein Weg zum Glück und ein Grund zur Hoffnung.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Bodies In Motion And At Rest

Author : Thomas Lynch
ISBN : 0393321649
Genre : Literary Collections
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A Michigan poet, funeral director, and American Book Award-winning author of The Undertaking continues his quirky observations on the relations between the literary and mortuary arts, in a collection of illuminating essays and observations on life, death, and creative expression. Reprint.
Category: Literary Collections

How To Be Irish

Author : David Slattery
ISBN : 9783641154349
Genre : Social Science
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Wie werde ich zum waschechten Iren – in 10 Kapiteln. Was macht einen wahren Iren aus? Wer wird zu einer irischen Beerdigung eingeladen und wenn ja, warum? Wie feiert man hier eine Hochzeit? Und warum sind dort immer mindestens 200 Gäste eingeladen? Was sind die wichtigsten Regeln in einem Irish Pub? Und was sorgt an Weihnachten für Konfliktstoff? David Slattery zeigt uns, welche Besonderheiten und Eigenheiten die Iren von ihren Nachbarn unterscheiden. Mit Fachkenntnis und einer ordentlichen Portion Humor führt uns der studierte Anthropologe durch die Regeln des irischen Miteinanders. Für seine Recherchen schleuste er sich in eine politische Partei ein, nahm an unzähligen Hochzeiten und Beerdigungen teil, arbeitete am Empfang einer Arztpraxis, trug Frauenkleidung und besuchte zahlreiche Pubs – alles im Dienste der Wissenschaft!
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How To Read A Graveyard

Author : Peter Stanford
ISBN : 9781441171085
Genre : Religion
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Death is the one certainty in life, yet, with the decline of religion in the West, we have become collectively reluctant to talk about it. Our contemporary rituals seek to sanitise death and distance us from our own inevitable fate. If we want to know how previous generations dealt with death, graveyards (famous and not) tell us the history -- if we are able to read them. If we want to know how we struggle today with understanding or facing up to death, then graveyards provide a starting point. And, if we want to escape the present taboo on acknowledging our mortality and contemplate our own end, then graveyards offer a rare welcome. From Neolithic mounds to internet memorials via medieval corpse roads and municipal cemeteries, war graves and holocaust memorials, Roman catacombs, Pharaonic grave-robbers, Hammer horrors, body-snatchers, Days of the Dead, humanist burials and flameless cremations, Stanford shows us how to read a graveyard, what to look out for in our own, and how even the most initially unpromising exploration can enthral.
Category: Religion

Boneyards

Author : Richard Bak
ISBN : 0814333532
Genre : Photography
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An exploration of burial sites and customs in Metro Detroit and the historical and social changes behind our treatment of the dead.
Category: Photography