Tuesday, July 08, 2003

Virtual Book Tour II

Mary Roach, author of Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers -- and the Virtual Book Tour -- has moved on to its second stop.

Kristin Garrity's blog Booboolina includes a brief excerpt of the book, focusing on a vignette in chapter three about the University of Tennessee Medical Center's forensic anthropology facility. It's a poignant part of the book -- the second bit that made me feel queasy while reading last night -- and ground already well covered. The facility has been featured by Popular Science, Newsweek, and CNN.

Regardless, Roach's juxtaposition of the facility and the photograph taken from The Wizard of Oz that leads off the chapter is clever.

Do you recall the Margaret Hamilton death scene in The Wizard of Oz? ("I'm melting!") Putrefaction is more or less a slowed-down version of this. The woman lies in a mud of her own making. (p. 68)

I'll continue to follow the tour as it progresses, and this week Thursday, July 10, Mary will be joining me as a contributor to Media Diet, offering pointers to and commentary on magazines, books, movies, music, and other media items and artifacts related to the subject of her book.

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