Everyone Loves a Good Train Wreck: Why We Can't Look Away by Eric G. Wilson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Full disclosure: I'm one of the morbid people Wilson spoke to as he researched the book. I'm not sure he entirely knew how to take my perky goth sensibilities, but I do get a couple of paragraphs.
Everyone Loves a Good Train Wreck reads like a really fascinating blog. The chapters are extremely short, only a handful of pages each, and tend to limit themselves to a single idea, although the ideas do reflect back from one chapter to the next. It makes for a quick read, which doesn't suit the depth of the ideas involved. Which is where the blog reference comes in: if you were reading this book a chapter a day on the web, you would take time between chapters to stop and consider. Instead, it's all to easy to whip through the book and then blame it for a lack of depth -- when in fact, it's a lack of your own participation as a reader that's bugging you.
My favorite chapters were those which focused on people who live their morbid curiosity full-out: the collector of serial killer items, Joe Coleman in his Odditorium. Wilson's own morbid curiosity -- inspired and inflamed by bipolar disease -- is somewhat dwarfed in comparison, but there's hope for him yet. Admitting you have morbid curiosity is the first step to claiming it and climbing inside it.
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