We are biology.

I’m currently reading a book entitled: Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach.

It’s a very interesting and, as some would deem, “morbid” read. And I love it! The following passage is a great example of why I love to read morbid, dark n twisted, and disturbing sub-culture art, of sorts.

The follow is two paragraphs from the third chapter, Life After Death: On human decay and what can be done about it. The author is in a medical school witnessing a embalming, this is transcription:

Drops of sweat bead the inside surface of Nichole’s splash shield. We’ve been here more than an hour. It’s almost over. Theo looks at Mack, “Will we be suturing the anus?” He turns to me. “Otherwise leakage can wick into the funeral clothing and it’s an awful mess.”

I don’t mind Theo’s matter-of-factness. Life contains these things: leakage and wickage and discharge, pus and snot and slime and gleet. We Are Biology. We are reminded of this at the beginning and the end, at birth and at death. In between we do what we can to forget.

I love the LACK of political-correctness here, this is life, this is what we are, why the fuck are you such a god-damn pansy about everything? More people should realize these things. I highly recommend this book and ive not finished it yet.

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  1. Posted September 4, 2009 at 2:55 AM by David | Permalink

    I finished reading this book a few days ago, and I have to agree, it's amazing!

    I love how the author got involved in the subjects she presents in the book; She's not just talking about stuff she read and heard, she's actually witnessing most of what she's telling us.

    Definitively a great book.

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