Bryson on life, death and brains
Our bodies are the best technology we’ve ever taken for granted, according to bill bryson’s 20th book, The Body: A Guide for Occupants ($30, doubleday), to be released tuesday.
Having already covered such topics as nature, homes and linguistics, bryson takes on life, death and everything in between.
He spoke about his reasons for writing the book and what he learned.
the interview has been edited for length and clarity.
“i’d always been fascinated by the human body — and my own in particular, because it’s kind of a miracle to me that after all these years of not looking after it terribly well, it’s still looking after me,” he said. “We’re all made up of the very same elements that you would find in a pile of dirt. in a pile of dirt, all those things — copper and aluminum and oxygen and helium, all the little atomic elements — they just lie there; they don’t do anything. and yet somehow, here on earth, some of them have come together to make life.”