Monday, April 20, 2009

Light reading this Summer.

I have no patience with people who want to kill themselves, and even less patience with people who talk extensively and lyrically about wanting to kill themselves, yet, poor unfortunates, never really manage to get it right. Try, try until you succeed, like my mother said, but as with all courses of study, half the battle is arming yourself with the correct textbook.

The author is one Mister Geo Stone, and the book, 'Suicide and Attempted Suicide'. This delightfully organised work begins with a 'Background' and proceeds to 'Methods' where it systematicaly summarises common methods used to kill oneself and proceeds to evaluate them on a pros versus cons basis. The major arteries are detailed, along with the bones they lie alongside, for easy identification. The angle of slashing is explained. If you're still in practice, he helpfully suggests locations to cut that will result in least social attention. And if you'd rather slash-and-tell, more prominent places as well.

The book is full of these gems:

"..You may prefer to use an ankle vein in order to avoid wrist scars, and subsequent tedious cocktail-party conversation."

"As methods of suicide, cutting and stabbing have little to recommend them: compared to lower-trauma asphyxias (see "Hanging" and "Asphyxia" chapters) they are, generally, more painful, and no faster or more reliable. Their major advantage is that (depending on site and method) you may, after the injury, have some time to change your mind."

Apart from the excellent and commendably detailed instructions, also very entertaining glossary section (H: Hanging (suicide, attempt to; see also Method (impractical), Method (slow), Method (unsuccessful) ), I find it supremely refreshing that there is no moralising.

A short and precisely worded Background chapter makes a classification of the persons who are likely to attempt suicide and some speculation as to their reasons. There is no Bible thumping, none of the usually inevitable and wholly tedious Right to Die argument, no sympathy, no justification. Just no emotion at all.

I loved it.


DPhatsez said...

uuhh! My first time here and im already petrified..(gulp!)

A book on suicide techniques eh?

I shall refrain from any comments lest those techniques be used on me

Divya said...

Oh copy that for the wannabe dead. Plain annoying.

Delightful book. Must borrow sometime. :)

Glad you changed your mind after your last post :D

RK said...

Heh heh heh. This is a glory.

Read this if you haven't already -

RukmaniRam said...

"half the battle is arming yourself with the correct textbook."

too true.

i think i should read this book...

RukmaniRam said...

oh, welcome back

indiegurl said...

@dphatsez -


I use SUICIDE techniques on you !!!

how can this have never occurred to me. sir, you are a genius.

now if only you would clarify details of such plan, i could go on a mass suicide-spree. whattay fun.

@divi - "must borrow sometime" admin law is not THAT bad also ya. :D

@rukmani ram - please do read the book. But this is , er...well this is one of those books that should have the 'do not try at home' labels, if you get what i mean.

also, your choice of words is making me nervous. :D

also also, thanks. :)

narendra shenoy said...


the hoverer said...

hey you have a soft copy of this book ? or a link where i can find it ?

sounds very interesting

indiegurl said...

@shenoy - :)

@hoverer - hey ya i do have an ebook... will give it to you once i get back. it's on the laptop, im using a desktop.

The Hoverer said...

vaise the guy has a website also for those not patient enough to read the book