After Life by Joan Didion - “Life changes fast. Life changes in the instant. You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends.”
Fatal Distraction By Gene Weingarten - Forgetting a child in the backseat of a car is a horrifying mistake. Is it a crime?
Feet in Smoke by John Jeremiah Sullivan - “I was on the banks of the River Styx. The boat came to row me across, but … instead of Charon, it was Huck and Jim. Only, when Huck pulled back his hood, he was an old man …”
The Coming Death Shortage by Charles C. Mann - Why the longevity boom will make us sorry to be alive.
The Shadow of Death by Tim Cahill - Rolling Stone’s 1979 story piecing together what happened after the tragedy of Jonestown.
Let’s Die Together by David Samuels - Why is anonymous group suicide so popular in Japan?
How Not To Commit Suicide by Art Kleiner - “An estimated ten to forty times that number try to kill themselves but don’t die, either because they don’t really want to die or because they don’t know how.”
The Undertaker’s Racket by Jessica Mitford - A 1963 classic about how undertakers use grief and subtrefuge to profit from bereavement.