“I found myself flitting from repulsion to fear to awe as I worked my way through the volume.” @apexbookcompany/Jennifer Pelland’s Unwelcome Bodies
Pelland presents a range of scenarios that range from slightly eerie to full blown frightening. From the story about the woman whose sister has been sewn into her body to the man on a quest to find the key to eternal life, these are thought provoking stories of what life in the future could be like. I found myself flitting from repulsion to fear to awe as I worked my way through the volume.
Each story is a relatively short length and easily digestible. All are followed by notes from the author, divulging ‘the story behind the story’. The volume is well narrated by Linette Geisel, who applies a steady pace and clear enunciation, making this a relatively easy listen for such a disturbing volume.
Unwelcome Bodies at Iambik
“Expect to be calling the pharmacy for a refill on your anti-depressants.” @jenniferpelland & @apexbookcompany
SJ – The following excerpt stood out to me, “She wandered through the museum, looking at the photographs, and finding no images of people jumping from the buildings that day. It was as if they were some shameful taboo. It was as if they had never existed.” We all remember the horrors of that day, but rarely if ever, are we reminded of the torturous decisions that were forced upon the victims who jumped. Why do you think this is?
I really don’t know. To back up for a moment, the main impetus for this story was Tom Junod’s article “The Falling Man” from Esquire Magazine. In it, he says that not only does it seem to be taboo in the U.S. to talk about or show pictures of the jumpers, but you’re not even supposed to call them that. According to the New York Medical Examiner’s Office, they were blown out of the building. It’s as if the act of jumping was somehow shameful. But it’s not. I see it as the ultimate “fuck you” — a declaration that they were going to be the ones to determine the time and method of their death rather than dying the way the asshole terrorists wanted them to. We should celebrate the them. I can’t imagine the courage it took to do what they did.