Tag Archives: death

Supercontext: Learning To Die In The Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of a Civilization, by Roy Scranton

This treatise on climate change argues that we should just accept that our civilization is going to die. We might survive however, by remembering our cultural heritage. We discuss Scranton’s experience at war, as well as the variety of reactions to his claim that we should just confront our own mortality, even when we’re posting to social media.

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Supercontext: David Bowie’s Blackstar

Looking at David Bowie’s final record Blackstar we ask, “Was he saying goodbye?” The public’s treasure hunt for meaning in both this record’s lyrics and art seems to say so. But how do people’s grief for dead celebrities invite such deeply personal connections?

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Supercontext: Laird Barron’s Swift To Chase

One of the best horror writers of our time is experimenting with genre and structure in his new “mosaic novel” collection of stories. How does Laird Barron bring together Alaska, dogs, cosmic horror and inevitable death to make a new kind of literature?

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