Author Topic: The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade, by Thomas Lynch  (Read 2731 times)

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I just thought I'd offer up this title as a recommendation to you all. Thomas Lynch is a poet who is also the funeral director for a small town in Michigan. This book is an introspective journey through his work, and how he and others deal with the concepts and realities of death. It's a marvelous read and has the definite potential to challenge the reader. I highly recommend picking it up and giving it a try.
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Re: The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade, by Thomas Lynch
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2006, 02:39:16 PM »
You've got me "dead to rites" on this one.  I've never heard of it!
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Re: The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade, by Thomas Lynch
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2006, 10:03:56 AM »
Heh, I'd never heard of it either, but it was part of the reading for a creative writing class of mine, and it remains some of the best creative nonfiction I've read.
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Re: The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade, by Thomas Lynch
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2006, 11:46:54 AM »
Writing a non-fiction book like that is a huge "undertaking".  I bet people were "dieing" to get mentioned in it!  To be a mortician one must have a "stiff" upper lip and be "rigor-ous" in one's beliefs. 

I'd make a joke about his name but it is too obvious...
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Re: The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade, by Thomas Lynch
« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2006, 02:39:37 PM »
I'm betting you couldn't come up with a pun or quip based on his profession that he hasn't already heard...he's pretty old.

Did I mention he's a Poet Laureate?
"It is no measure of health to be sane in an insane society." -- Krishnamurti

"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use." -- Galileo Galilei