July 21, 2010

Obsession of the moment: Dead Advice

Dead Advice

I heard recently from Chicago artist Felix Jung about a brand-new project he's recently started up, and which I got really fascinated by when I went and visited for the first time. Called Dead Advice, it's essentially a series of open letters from site visitors concerning what advice they'd give the world after their death, with each letter starting with the same opening line -- "Now that I'm dead, I want to tell you a few things." It was apparently inspired among other things by both Thomas Lynch's essays on mortality, The Undertaking, as well as the old website The Dead Letter Office, and I have to say that the project as a whole has the ability to really suck you in quite quickly; the letters found there range from humorous to deadly serious, penned by both famous authors and lots of anonymous writers, offering all kinds of advice about how to live one's life better while one still has the chance, not only from a philosophical standpoint but a practical one as well. (And it's an open submission policy too, which means that you can pen your own letter whenever you want.) I encourage you to stop by the site yourself whenever you have a moment.

Filed by Jason Pettus at 8:06 AM, July 21, 2010. Filed under: Arts news | Chicago news | Literature | Profiles |