The How Did You Die? Show: Fictional Tales for the Undead by Lisa-scarlett CrujiThe How Did You Die? Show: Fictional Tales for the Undead by Lisa-scarlett Cruji

The How Did You Die? Show: Fictional Tales for the Undead

byLisa-scarlett Cruji

Paperback | November 1, 2013

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The "How Did You Die?" Show is not a show about death, but very much a show about life. These are not descriptions of literal deaths caused by the heartbreaking bodily disease or a tragic road accident; they are examples of the small, metaphorical deaths that human beings experience each day-the cemetery images merely add a beautiful aesthetic.
Lisa-Scarlett Cruji is a mixed media artist and writer originally from Kingston, Ontario. Her first job was as an elevator operator at a discount department store that only had three floors. This should have been seen as an omen. Prior to The "How Did You Die?" Show, Lisa-Scarlett participated in numerous art exhibitions showing minia...
Title:The How Did You Die? Show: Fictional Tales for the UndeadFormat:PaperbackDimensions:112 pages, 8 × 8 × 0.7 inPublished:November 1, 2013Publisher:Promontory PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1927559103

ISBN - 13:9781927559109

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from An awesome exploration of the human condition Not the kind of book I'd normally pick up - but I'm so glad I did! A thoughtful, sometimes funny, sometimes disturbing, artistic look at life through the lens of mixed media.
Date published: 2016-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Something you've never seen before Modern life can sometimes be soul-sucking, and we've all shared many of the feelings which this marvelous book explores in mixed media. Thoughtful, sad and even funny sometimes, this is a beautiful book worth taking the time to contemplate.
Date published: 2016-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoy As it turns out one can experience two deaths: a metaphorical one as well as the inevitable physical ending. The “How Did You Die” Show is a creative piece. Unusual to say the least, I found it to be interesting. There are at least two approaches one might use to ‘read’ this work. It can be literally plowed through in half an hour but to gain full value I suggest the reader absorb a few of the cemetery images and their contents at a time and in doing so revisit this creative adventure on a number of occasions. The contents evoke a wide range of intellectual and emotional response. It is sad, it’s funny, it’s profound. The “How Did You Die” Show is different but different can be good and in my opinion I believe that is exactly what The “How Did You Die” Show" is. Enjoy.
Date published: 2016-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from When I die, I’m going with my Underwood and a Melancholy beauty I love Lisa-Scarlett Cruji’s book “The ‘How Did You Die?’ Show (Angst in the Sanctuary)”, both the idea and the execution (pardon the pun). What a simple, yet compelling idea: you see a grave stone, and with no more information than marker and name, ask “How?” The images are haunting (this time it is intended); they look like Polaroid transfers, and they capture both the beauty and the macabre in death and dying. The stories—the short, pithy explanations that describe the “how” in each death—are typewritten, not word processed; these stories are human, not digital. Timeless, not fleeting. And the “how” is not as in the physical steps required, but rather the “how” in the emotional and spiritual trauma that created the moment of action. The knife, the drowning, the plunge, the car crash—however we will die, it is often not the act, but the events that are the story. I love this book, and if it looks this good as an e-book, I bet it’s spectacular in print.
Date published: 2016-04-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What death reveals about the living An interesting premise that I wasn't sure I would like, but once I got into it, it reminded me of my wanderings through a cemetery, where I learned about prejudice: one family's members were clustered OUTSIDE the fence surrounding the other passed on loved ones. But no one in the town would tell me why! This story opens up questions and even provides speculative answers that I found both funny and revealing. A nice read.
Date published: 2016-04-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from let me count the ways A "show to" for living anew, for revitalizing one’s everyday dryings to meaningful living. As Lisa-Scarlett Cruji prompts in her introduction, “What is going on?” is that we are all going to die. The “how” is up for speculation and she has creatively brought attention to those everyday small deaths we all experience – “is my death among them?” pulls one through her illustrative portrayals of the fragile egos that cross section the human spirit. Her brief tales with dark and light humor and insight capture the futility and angst of those too often moments of death we easily succumb to – and, which can inspire one to go out more than a metaphor to slight or happenstance - to set up a “how” of our own terms for those who may linger at our headstones
Date published: 2016-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Maybe you've died I found this book to be fascinating. An interesting look at the things in our lives that ... well ... just might kill us. Photos of cemeteries that have been "aged" combine with short blurbs about a person who may be resting beneath the stones or statues to give us views that are sometimes funny, poignant, sad or twisted. Get it and have a look for yourself.
Date published: 2016-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very funny, perceptive book with an intriguing concept. I thought this was a very funny book and concept. Admit it, how many of you haven't walked through a cemetery and wondered about the people buried there? The photos are appropriately spooky but the little bios are mostly funny, okay, some are sad. I loved this book.
Date published: 2016-04-17

Editorial Reviews

“Darkly speculative, Cruji’s work has a haunting quality that leaves you with a ghostly smile.”

~ George A. Walker, Author & Artist, Associate Professor at Ontario College of Art & Design