Friday, April 2, 2010

Also Reading

Stiff by Mary Roach. As it turns out, I should've specified "Stiff (book)" when searching for this photo on google (oops!).
Anyway, so far it's great; I'm a little more than halfway through and the author does a good job of disconnecting your mind from thoughts that lead you to think of cadavers as people while maintaining a measure of respect for the "remains" or "expired." Read it to find out why it's okay for us to do visitations and viewings of our deceased loved ones and how the trend started, how long a cremation takes and the surprising resiliance of the body under such stress, how bodies are used to solve crimes, test armor, and generate humane weapons (oxymoron? not quite if it's the difference between a fatality and a momentary debilitation of the offender). So far a great book for the none-too-squeamish.

1 comment:

Alison Nicole said...

Love this book. I've been wanting to read it again. So interesting.