"When there is danger, when there is destruction, we kind of feel like we're on the edge of life, fully alive, and that can really bring out some strong prose," says author Mitchell Zuckoff.
July 15, 2014 Tales about travel don't always end well: Planes crash into jungles and ships run aground. For NPR's "Book Your Trip" series, Lynn Neary considers the rich genre of travel disaster literature.
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February 27, 2012 In a new book, an English professor sets out to uncover the source of our attraction to the gruesome and grim. Drawing on a cross-section of disciplines, Eric G. Wilson argues that there's something nourishing in darkness.
February 14, 2008 Americans love to be happy — just look at the self-help section of your local book store. But writer and professor Eric Wilson concludes there is a vital need for sadness in the world and says we're missing out if we medicate it away.
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February 11, 2008 Eric G. Wilson, author of Against Happiness, has embraced his inner gloom and wishes more people would do the same. He talks to Melissa Block about why the world needs melancholy and the link between sadness and artistic creation.
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