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The Resource Everyone loves a good train wreck : why we can't look away, Eric G. Wilson

Everyone loves a good train wreck : why we can't look away, Eric G. Wilson

Label
Everyone loves a good train wreck : why we can't look away
Title
Everyone loves a good train wreck
Title remainder
why we can't look away
Statement of responsibility
Eric G. Wilson
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Why can't we look away? Whether we admit it or not, we're fascinated by evil. Dark fantasies, morbid curiosities, Schadenfreude: As conventional wisdom has it, these are the symptoms of our wicked side, and we succumb to them at our own peril. But we're still compelled to look whenever we pass a grisly accident on the highway, and there's no slaking our thirst for gory entertainments like horror movies and police procedurals. What makes these spectacles so irresistible? In Everyone Loves a Good Train Wreck, the scholar Eric G. Wilson sets out to discover the source of our attraction to the caustic, drawing on the findings of biologists, sociologists, psychologists, anthropologists, philosophers, theologians, and artists. A professor of English literature and a lifelong student of the macabre, Wilson believes there's something nourishing in darkness. 'To repress death is to lose the feeling of life, ' he writes. 'A closeness to death discloses our most fertile energies.'"--Page 2 of cover
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1967-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Wilson, Eric
Dewey number
155.9/35
Index
no index present
LC call number
BF323.C8
LC item number
W55 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Curiosity
  • Disasters
  • Horror
Label
Everyone loves a good train wreck : why we can't look away, Eric G. Wilson
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"Sarah Crichton Books"
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [191]-210)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
740628917
Dimensions
20 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
213 pages
Isbn
9780374150334
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2011034954
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)740628917
Label
Everyone loves a good train wreck : why we can't look away, Eric G. Wilson
Publication
Note
"Sarah Crichton Books"
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [191]-210)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
740628917
Dimensions
20 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
213 pages
Isbn
9780374150334
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2011034954
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)740628917

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