The Presence Of Death (Podcast)

We explore the theme of the presence of death through two movies: “Biutiful” (2010) and “Amour” (2012). We also discuss Polydore Vergil’s comments on the burial customs of various peoples, as I outlined in my article of December 6 here at Fortress of the Mind.

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Polydore Vergil’s Comments On Death And Burial Customs

The charm of old books often lies in their inaccuracies, errors, and absurdities.  It is not a requirement of entertainment that everything must be factual.  It is a pleasant thing to be reminded every now and then of our humanity; and nothing is more human than error.  Only by seeing how far knowledge has advanced through the centuries can we appreciate the achievements of those who came before us.

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The Writer Lu Hsun Reflects On Death


Those acquainted with modern Chinese literature tell us that Lu Hsun (1881-1936) is one of its most towering figures.  His stories are of the most intimate type:  he chronicles his thoughts, feelings, and impressions in a free-flowing manner, unrestrained by convention or rule.  He did not subscribe to any political affiliation, preferring to remain beholden to no one.  It is this streak of stubborn independence that attracts us to his writings.

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