Bryson on life, death and brains

Edmonton Sun - - LIFE -

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.”

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