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07-11-14 : Roz Chast Asks 'Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?'


You'd think that living here in the 21st century, we'd be comfortable with death. It's not as if we haven't seen enough of it. But everyday, natural, he-lived-a-long-life-and-then-dropped-dead death gives us the heebies to the point where we've let ourselves be convinced that anything is better. Plus, there's a healthy profit in tending to those who might otherwise have died but can be kept alive long enough to cash out every penny they had ever scrimped, saved and hidden away for that rainy day. If only it were just a day.

In 'Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?' Roz Chast tackles the subject of death in America, in the 21st century, head-on, in a personal, powerful, poignant tour-de-force graphic memoir.

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NEW!! 07-08-14: Time to Read Ep 170: Roz Chast 'Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?'
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"...I had no idea of how it worked because we had never talked about it." —Roz Chast

I hope my readers and listeners have taken the time to give a listen to the Time to Read episode with Roz Chast about her new book, 'Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?' It's about twice as long as most and I hope readers hear a level of emotion that is unusual. It's indicative of the book and the thoughts it makes you think.

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"...certain periods are echoic..." —Alan Furst

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