Field Notes from Elsewhere Paperback

Reflections on Dying and Living

by Mark C. Taylor;


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Field Notes from Elsewhere

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In the fall of 2005, Mark C. Taylor, the controversial public intellectual and widely respected scholar, suddenly fell critically ill. For two days a team of forty doctors, many of whom thought he would not live, fought to save him. Taylor would eventually recover, but only to face a new threat: surgery for cancer. "These experiences have changed me in ways I am still struggling to understand," Taylor writes in this absorbing memoir. "After the past year, I am persuaded that I have done enough fieldwork to write a book that combines philosophical and theological reflection with autobiographical narrative. Writing is not only possible but actually seems necessary." Field Notes from Elsewhere is Taylor's unforgettable, inverted journey from death to life. Each of his memoir's fifty-two chapters and accompanying photographs recounts a morning-to-evening experience with sickness and convalescence, mingling humor and hope with a deep exploration of human frailty and, conversely, resilience. When we confront the end of life, Taylor explains, the axis of the lived world shifts, and everything must be reevaluated.
As Taylor sorts through his remembrances, much that once seemed familiar becomes strange, paradoxical, and contradictory. He reads his experience with and against ghosts from his past, recasting the meaning of mortality, sacrifice, solitude, and abandonment, along with a host of other issues, in light of modern ways of dying. "You never come back from elsewhere," Taylor concludes, "because elsewhere always comes back with you."

Field Notes from Elsewhere by Mark C. Taylor was published by Columbia University Press in October 2014. The ISBN for Field Notes from Elsewhere is 9780231147811.

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Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherColumbia University Press (October 2014)
Weight454g
Number of Pages288
Thickness18 mm
Height203 mm
Width152 mm
ISBN9780231147811
ISBN-100231147813
Product Code4533314
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