Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande

Elixir Design – Being Mortal
We are hon­ored beyond words to have assisted in designing the cover for best­selling author Atul Gawande’s latest book, Being Mortal.

In this pow­erful work, Dr. Gawande dis­cusses how we as a society can better care for our aging loved ones in the last months, weeks, and days of their lives. Dr. Gawande’s agent, Tina Bennett, had the beau­tiful idea of using imagery that evokes the much-quoted phrase from the Old Testament, “All flesh is grass.” Of the many works in lit­er­a­ture and art ref­er­encing this peren­nial trope, these lines from Philip Larkin’s poem “Cut Grass” came par­tic­u­larly to mind: “…Brief is the breath, Mown stalks exhale.”

Listen to a very recent pod­cast with Dr. Gawande on “Science Friday” here.
Or see him in person at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on Oct. 22, 12:30 pm. Tickets.

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