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Siddhartha Mukherjee on the Sanitization of Death

August 30, 2011

One of our guests on the show tonight, Siddhartha Mukherjee, recently wrote a thought-provoking article for the New York Times Magazine about death and how different cultures approach it. You can read it here.

It's a beautiful piece of writing: "Mounds of ash and marigold and wood chips are floating all around the boat. There is a man standing by one of the fires and facing the boat, with his arms still taut, as if holding the body - except he is holding air."

And on a different but related note, here's Siddhartha talking about why you should quit smoking immediately:





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