We are all still born, struggle through puberty, stumble through a first job, fall in love. Last I checked, we all still die too. What has changed is the knowledge, method, and language for living. “The longer we live, the longer we die,” Lepore writes near the closing pages. She could also say: the more we know about living, the harder living becomes.
“The fact that we are living does not distinguish us as human beings. But the fact that we can think, talk, and write about living does.” -Austen Rosenfeld on Jill Lepore’s new book on how people relate to life and death, The Mansion of Happiness: A History of Life and Death