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[[ Read Epub ]] Ä The Dedalus Book of Literary Suicide ⛅ Best Book, The Dedalus Book Of Literary Suicide By Gary Lachman This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book The Dedalus Book Of Literary Suicide, Essay By Gary Lachman Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You I should, many a good day have blown my brains out, but for the recollection that it would have given great pleasure to my mother in law and, even then, if I could have been certain to haunt her but I won t dwell upon these trifling family matters. Lord ByronDavid Foster Wallace s short story Good Old Neon begins with the short declarative sentence, My whole life I ve been a fraud I know one isn t supposed to read the author into the narrator of a story and all of that shit our high school English teachers blabbed on about but I m fairly sure that DFW felt this way at times I don t know if anyone can be extremely introspective and self consious and not come to some similar conclusion At another extreme I strongly doubt that someone like Donald Trump ever feels any cognitive dissonance or feels like he is a fraud even though half of the garbage out of his mouth at least on his reality TV show, which for a couple of years I took a perverse pleasure in watching but then I stopped and now I m not even sure if it is on any, now I only watch people punch other people in the face for reality TV were superlative lies I think that Socrates dictum of Know Thyself can be fucking lethal Like in A Alvarez sThe Savage Godshameless plug to go read my review for the book , this book starts with the question of why does it seem like so many writers end up killing themselves Alvarez as a fellow traveller of the suicidally inclined writers tried to kill himself, friend of Sylvia Plath and one of the last people to see her alive had tried to unearth an answer Gary Lachman appears to be curious about this too but his book devolves into a freak show mucking around in the gossipy underbelly of great writers lives while hoisting up contemptible writers as being unfairly misunderstood I think the different approaches to dealing with the same topic is due to temperament I don t know anything about Lachman as a person but I d guess that he s never had much of a problem with depression, or if he has it s been of the wearing all black and brooding about existential questions style I m not being dismissive, I get this idea because he is a grown man who seems really really excited still over existentialism and by his point and laugh style of writing aimed at writers who have some serious issues at living day to day lives without falling to pieces A quick look at the titles of his other books, which deal with the occult and conspiracy theories and I can t help but think of him as someone who still gets an adolescent tickle out of trying to shock people in I can t think of a better word, all I can do is picture the way some of my friends and I acted when we were younger angsty ways I m being a bit unfair though, two thirds of this book is quite good, it s mostly when Lachman deals with the Manic Depressive Suicides Woolf, Plath, Sexton I know you tried to defend yourself against charges of sexism by picking three women, but the defense was weak, and all three descriptions were pretty much boiled down to hysterical woman and similarly with what seemed to me any of the anxiety based suicides In these parts of the book it felt like Lachman was trying really hard to get the reader to laugh at the ineptness of the subjects Walter Benjamin is especially put through the wringer in a way that makes me think that Lachman had been badly treated as a young man by one of Benjamin s essays, or maybe it was an over compensation because he has some kind of hero worship of Benjamin I just had the realization that a lot of what I didn t like in Lachman s writing could be an overcompensation for not wanting to take the easy or obvious position It s very easy to gloss away all the imperfections of person and see a writer as a genius who life treated unfairly, and a book of all adoration to writers who killed themselves would be off putting and macabre Similarly it is very easy to be dismissive of someone like Otto Weininger, but maybe in his case it s justifiable and attempts to make him be a misunderstood genius just don t work, no matter how many other intellectuals found some of his work enticing I don t know why the tone of the book is so uneven and that is my big complaint I think I wanted from this book, I don t know what, maybe I wanted Lachman to have some big answer for me, but this isn t a book with big answers, it s of a darkly entertaining collection of stories about authors and a selections of short works either about suicide or by writers who ended up killing themselves Razors pain you Rivers are damp Acids stain you And drugs cause cramp.Guns aren t lawful Nooses give Gas smells awful You might as well live. Dorothy Parker The sheer wealth of material available for inclusion in Dead Letters suggests that writers are an unnaturally melancholy bunch, but why Do writers draw inspiration from the waters of some specially poisoned well that sculptors, composers or, for that matter, pastry chefs know not to taste To be sure, there are plenty of painters and actors and all manner of people who have offed themselves, and writers who choose not to kill themselves far outnumber those who do but the roster of literary suicides is extensive, impressive and illustrious, so much so that the question is than academic what is it about literature that makes writers reach for their revolvers Author Gary Lachman s exhaustive survey of writer suicides manages a neat trick witty without cruelty, sympathetic without becoming maudlin, serious without taking itself seriously, Dead Letters presents a taxonomy of self destruction that allows the reader to meditate on the strangely circular relationships between reality and the written word, the written word and the writer, and the writer and the ungraspable phantasm of reality.To call Dead Letters fun would be to diminish the gravity of its subject, but how else to describe reading about the many bizarre suicide methods Lachman chronicles The ancient Greek philosopher Empedocles jumped into an active volcano Polish writer Jan Potocki, convinced he had become a werewolf, filed the silver handle of a sugar bowl down to the shape of a bullet, had it blessed by a priest, and then shot himself with it French poet Gerard de Nerval, most famous for walking a lobster on a leash through the Palais Royal in Paris, hanged himself with an apron tie that he claimed was the Queen of Sheba s garter.Lachman divides his writers by the motives for their suicides, rather than by literary genres or historical periods, allowing him to jump back and forth across times and cultures He identifies Romantic, Manic Depressive, Political, Existential and Surreal suicides as classes, and also serves up ambiguous, fake, unsuccessful and possibly ironic suicides for our consideration For instance, Mary Wollstonecraft unsuccessfully attempted suicide twice before she died in childbirth, making her death a quixotic non suicide as a teen, Graham Greene played Russian Roulette to relieve his boredom but never triggered a live round, so he s not a suicide and not really even an attempted suicide, per se Portuguese writer Fernando Pessoa, who published under a variety of pseudonyms, caused one of his pseudonyms to commit suicide in print, though he himself lived on And what of the many writers like Jack Kerouac, who drank or drugged themselves to death slowly suicide or not All of the famous suicides you already know are here Sylvia Plath, Ernest Hemingway, Hunter Thompson, John Kennedy Toole, Anne Sexton, Virginia Woolf, Jack London plus innumerable examples of lesser known and obscure writers who all reached the same conclusion Lachman also offers poetry and prose about suicide from a variety of authors, the production of which gave some of them enough consolation not to commit the act itself.Dead Letters may be a special interest collection, but for those especially interested, it s a gem. Life affirming and beautiful