“You have an intense interest in mortality lately.”

It’s really not my fault that so many fascinating books deal with the topic of death, premature death, or knowing your own expiration date.

Actually, the expiration date is a great plot device, as The Blue Castle, Machine of Death, and The Sad Truth About Happiness show.

The reason for this fixation could be, I suppose, that clocks and timers and and countdowns make me think about finishing a dissertation in a timely fashion so I can get on to the next thing! (I meant to share a cute dissertation countdown widget here, but I seem to have misplaced the link – it tells you how many pages you have to go in x number of days and so forth.)

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