Thursday, March 12, 2015

Via Brain Pickings: Choosing to Die

Image via Escape Pod

Via Brain Pickings:

Terry Pratchett: Choosing To Die is a powerful and fascinating film, in which Pratchett explores the cultural controversies and private paradoxes surrounding the issue of assisted suicide, which remains illegal in most countries. From the “small but imbalancing inconveniences” of the disease’s earlier stages to the loss of his ability to type to witnessing a terminally ill man peacefully choreograph his own last breath in Switzerland, Pratchett explores what it would be like to be helped to die, and what it would mean for a society to make assisted death a safe refuge for the dying.

Visit Brain Pickings for the film.

The image is from Neil Gaiman's The Sandman: The Wake, in which Dream of the Endless dies and is mourned. The girl in the red dress is his sister Death, who tends to say things like "peachy" and I think likes show tunes.

Gaiman and Pratchett co-wrote Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch. Possibly one of the funniest books ever...or at least of 1990.

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