Why everyone loves a good train wreck.
Eric G Wilson Ph.D.
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Eric G. Wilson is the Thomas H. Pritchard Professor of English at Wake Forest University and author of Keep It Fake: Inventing an Authentic Life, which explores the therapeutic values of transforming your life into art
Morbid curiosity, morose delectation, schadenfreude. As conventional wisdom has it, these are the symptoms of our dark side; we succumb to them at our own peril. And yet we are compelled to look whenever we pass a grisly accident on the highway, and there’s no slaking our thirst for gory entertainments like horror movies and police procedurals. What makes these spectacles so irresistible? In "Morbid Curiosities," I set out to discover the source of our attraction to the macabre, and to wonder if there's something nourishing in the darkness.