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September 29, 2011

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pete

I cant help but think of Sidhartha coming across the corpse

Joseph

One thing I've always remembered from the Castaneda books is when he describes death as always being just to our left, at arms length.

David Clark

There's an early Ray Bradbury story about a guy who becomes obsessed with his own skeleton, so obsessed that he has it removed, becoming a "human jellyfish". Ray told some friends and I that he wrote it after suddenly noticing the existence of his own collar bone. He kept feeling this strange bump on his upper torso and became so concerned that he went to his doctor about it. The doctor told him he that it was his collar bone and that he was suffering from "discovery of his own skeleton". The discovery of his own bones freaked him out, inspiring a story!

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