Aleks Krotofski looks at death and how this fits into our always-on, forever searchable modern world.
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Ten years ago, the people of Lubec, Maine, were met with an unpleasant surprise: an enormous finback whale had washed onto the beachfront of their tiny coastal town.
As the 60-ton creature began to decompose, the town was forced to come up with a plan to get rid of it.
Nick Cave is best known as a singer-songwriter and front man of the legendary Bad Seeds. But he has a second life as a novelist, and has just published his second book, The Death of Bunny Munro, which comes complete with a surround-sound audio version with music he has composed himself.
He describes the challenge of creating a multi-media novel, and explains why he decided to write about a drug-addled sex maniac. He also muses on father-son relationships, seagulls and the attractions of Brighton. Along the way, he reveals why novels are easier to write than songs, what he gets up to on the tour bus and why he is praying that Kylie Minogue will forgive him.
When author David Eagleman thinks about the afterlife, he sees endless possibilities. In his book, Sum: Forty Tales From the Afterlives, he imagines a variety of scenarios.
Eagleman’s imagined afterlives range from the perfectly mundane — an "infinite airport waiting area" — to the fantastic, like a visit with the "big face" of this universe’s creator.
Jon Ronson looks at one of our deepest fears.
When Vicky Coren realised her fear of flying was stopping her travelling, she sought help from a specialist councillor. He cured her - only to die a year later in an air crash. Mike Thexton tells Jon of his ordeal on board a hijacked plane, waiting for 12 hours to be shot. Comedian Danny Robins is terrified of death - so terrified that Jon decides to send him to a near death experience festival in Spain to try to cure his phobia. Finally, Jon finds a scientist who is working on finding an answer to eternal life.
Musician and author Nick Cave thrilled a rapt audience at iTunes Live: London Festival ‘09 with a reading from his new book, ‘The Death of Bunny Munro’. The Australian rocker discussed the origins of the story as a screenplay and the dark and twisted road down which the title character drives.