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Death & Sex

3 Ratings: 1.7
A book by Tyler Volk

In this back-to-back double essay (flip it one way, it's Death by Volk, flip it the other way, it's Sex by Sagan), two curious scientist-philosophers ponder the relationship between mortality and the chain of being. Sagan (Notes from the Holocene), the … see full wiki

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Author: Tyler Volk
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
3 reviews about Death & Sex
review by . June 17, 2010
This double book discusses two topics which are of great interest to everyone. The style of writing is amusing and informative but mostly thought provoking. The "Sex" half is a fascinating exploration of the biology of sex. The "Death" half is an interesting exploration of the role of death in our world.    I wouldn't call this an "easy" read, but it is certainly worthwhile and should stimulate your thinking. It's certainly great material for engaging in interesting conversations …
review by . January 31, 2010
So here we have "Death and Sex", a two-fer book that gives you one book on death and the other on sex. Both are rather boring, dull and uninteresting, which is surprising given the topics.    "Sex", for example. One would expect this to be a great firestorm of a book collecting all sorts of interesting thoughts and musings on the topic from all levels. Instead you get a rather clinical set of essays about sex and a rather more interesting one about the Marquis de Sade. At no …
review by . December 23, 2009
This flipside tome earned a four star rating in a two-way split. Cleverly packaged with two fronts, the subjects of Death & Sex are a good match but the writers are not: Three for the first subject, five for the latter.    Both Dorion Sagan (Sex) and Tyler Volk (Death) offer elements of natural history, keen insight into cultural meanings, and thoughtful reflection, but Sagan's writing is lively, even poetic, and engaging, while Volk's feels strained. And, in his way, Sagan offers …
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