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How to prepare your digital life for your inevitable death | Popular Science
If this guy weren’t dead, he would really want to know what's happening to his Facebook profile. No one likes to think about it, but one day, you’re going to die. (Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
Archive  death 
yesterday by chrisweiss
Nonfiction Book Review: NAME ALL THE ANIMALS: A Memoir by Alison Smith, Author . Scribner $24 (319p) ISBN 978-0-7432-5522-6
"If I lived past the summer of my eighteenth year," Smith resolves, "I would have to face that Roy died and that I—the little sister, the tagalong... would surpass him."
grief  death 
yesterday by jomc
Facebook is a good place to find support when you’re grieving - Vox
From logistics to loneliness, Facebook was indispensable after my husband died.
facebook  death 
2 days ago by bradbarrish
How Do People Communicate Before Death? - The Atlantic
Insights into the little-studied realm of last words
language  death 
2 days ago by PBR
How Do People Communicate Before Death? - The Atlantic
In Final Gifts, the hospice nurses Callanan and Kelley note that “the dying often use the metaphor of travel to alert those around them that it is time for them to die.” They quote a 17-year-old, dying of cancer, distraught because she can’t find the map. “If I could find the map, I could go home! Where’s the map? I want to go home!” Smartt noted such journey metaphors as well, though she writes that dying people seem to get more metaphorical in general. (However, people with dementia and Alzheimer’s have difficulty understanding figurative language, and anthropologists who study dying in other cultures told me that journey metaphors aren’t prevalent everywhere.)
language  death  communication  poetry 
3 days ago by craniac
Conan O’Brien Wants to Scare Himself With the New, Shorter ‘Conan’ - The New York Times
Is this how you want to go out, with a show that gets smaller and smaller until it’s gone?

Maybe that’s O.K. I think you have more of a problem with that than I do. [Laughs.] At this point in my career, I could go out with a grand, 21-gun salute, and climb into a rocket and the entire Supreme Court walks out and they jointly press a button, I’m shot up into the air and there’s an explosion and it’s orange and it spells, “Good night and God love.” In this culture? Two years later, it’s going to be, who’s Conan? This is going to sound grim, but eventually, all our graves go unattended.

You’re right, that does sound grim.

Sorry. Calvin Coolidge was a pretty popular president. I’ve been to his grave in Vermont. It has the presidential seal on it. Nobody was there. And by the way, I’m the only late-night host that has been to Calvin Coolidge’s grave. I think’s that what separates me from the other hosts.

I had a great conversation with Albert Brooks once. When I met him for the first time, I was kind of stammering. I said, you make movies, they live on forever. I just do these late-night shows, they get lost, they’re never seen again and who cares? And he looked at me and he said, [Albert Brooks voice] “What are you talking about? None of it matters.” None of it matters? “No, that’s the secret. In 1940, people said Clark Gable is the face of the 20th Century. Who [expletive] thinks about Clark Gable? It doesn’t matter. You’ll be forgotten. I’ll be forgotten. We’ll all be forgotten.” It’s so funny because you’d think that would depress me. I was walking on air after that.
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3 days ago by avashevko

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