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Humanity: Kicking Cancer’s Ass

When the going gets tough, there is always hope.

When hope is hard to come by, humanity can do the trick.

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No matter what we are faced with or forced to confront, when even hope seems implausible, we have humanity. Sometimes that can make all the difference.

Strangers can become unwitting angels to someone who is suffering. It’s not something you (or they) can control; it has to do with the formula that occurs when our Biology feels Chemistry and does Physics. We are scared and in need of assurance; we are vulnerable and desperate for consolation. We are people and need to grasp whatever hands might be reaching out in the dark; we are hoping to be saved by that human touch.

*The above excerpt is from my memoir Please Talk about Me When I’m Gone.

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It’s early in that lamentable decade of the 2000s, and while the good times continue to roll in corporate America, they won’t be rolling for much longer—and no one knows it better than Byron, the Everyman narrator of Sean Murphy’s witty and wise firecracker of a debut. If you liked Joshua Ferris’s AND THEN WE CAME TO THE END, you’ll love NOT TO MENTION A NICE LIFE. Byron might not have a future, but Sean Murphy certainly does.

–Greg Olear, author of Totally Killer and Fathermucker

May 22, 2015