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Wilson, Eric, 1967-
Everyone loves a good train wreck : why we can't look away / Eric G. Wilson
Alternate Title Why we can't look away
1st ed
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, c2012
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 3rd Floor  BF323.C8 W55 2012    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Curiosity
Disasters -- Psychological aspects
Horror -- Social aspects
Physical Description 213 p. ; 20 cm
Note "Sarah Crichton Books"
Includes bibliographical references (p. [191]-210)
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.'"--from cover, p. [2]

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