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Author Wilson, Eric, 1967-
Title Everyone loves a good train wreck : why we can't look away / Eric G. Wilson.
Published New York : Sarah Crichton Books, c2012.
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 Floor2  BF323.C8 W55 2012    IN LIBRARY
Edition 1st ed.
Description 213 p. ; 20 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [191]-210).
Summary "Why can't we look away? Whether we admit it or not, we're fascinated by evil. Dark fantasies, morbid curiosities, Schadenfreude: As conventional wisdom has it, these are the symptoms of our wicked side, and we succumb to them at our own peril. But we're still compelled to look whenever we pass a grisly accident on the highway, and there's no slaking our thirst for gory entertainments like horror movies and police procedurals. What makes these spectacles so irresistible? In Everyone Loves a Good Train Wreck, the scholar Eric G. Wilson sets out to discover the source of our attraction to the caustic, drawing on the findings of biologists, sociologists, psychologists, anthropologists, philosophers, theologians, and artists. A professor of English literature and a lifelong student of the macabre, Wilson believes there's something nourishing in darkness. 'To repress death is to lose the feeling of life,' he writes. 'A closeness to death discloses our most fertile energies.'"--from cover, p. [2]
Subject Curiosity.
Disasters -- Psychological aspects.
Horror -- Social aspects.
ISBN 0374150338 (alk. paper)
9780374150334 (alk. paper)
OCLC number 740628917