Philosophers such as Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Camus, and Sartre have been wrestling with the meaning of death for as long as they have been wrestling with the meaning of life. Fortunately, humorists have been keeping pace with the major thinkers by creating gags about dying. Death's funny that way - it gets everybody's attention. Death has gotten a bad rap. It's time to take a closer look at what the Deep Thinkers have to say on the subject, and there are no better guides than Cathcart and Klein.
©2009 Thomas Cathcart; (P)2009 Penguin
"This little book is an entertaining and surprisingly informative survey of the Big D and its centrality in human life." (Publishers Weekly)
Unlike their earlier book, "Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar," which was brilliant and witty, this book is neither. They can be forgiven for the heavy subject matter, death, the soul, and afterlife, and for the depressed philosophers who dwelled on them, but not for bad jokes! There are plenty of opportunities for black humor, but I found little that was funny. The jokes seem terribly strained and not very clever whether taken in or out of context. Of course, they may say that I didn't like it because I am in denial, just like everybody else who has not chosen suicide, but I got more pleasure out of reading the existentialist philosophers themselves than listening to this book. I guess they've reached the limit of how far one can carry this style, but I'll give them an extra star for trying.
Love the way these guys take a potentially difficult topic and bring humor to it in a way that's very informative. Good discussion and information from a variety of different perspectives. Would definitely recommend.
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