Tag Archives: non-fiction

Why are all near-death narratives about heaven? Doesn’t anybody come back from hell?

By Christopher B. Daly

I am struck by by the powerful publishing trend of books written by people who say they died (or nearly died) and came back to tell the tale. I even read one of these, Proof of Heaven, by a neurosurgeon. These are presented as non-fiction narratives, but I have my doubts.

Screen Shot 2015-01-27 at 11.13.30 AM

From what I can gather, all these accounts are pretty similar. They feature the same themes (even when they are fraudulent):

–a powerful light

–a feeling of calm

–an ambivalence about returning to real life.

But why don’t we ever hear about near-death experiences involving a sojourn in Hell?

You-know-who,  by Wm. Blake

You-know-who,
by Wm. Blake

Why no images of Satan?

Could it be that when we die, we “see” and “experience” what we want to?

(To his credit, one of the writers on the list above — Dante — describes Paradiso only after his memorable passage through the Inferno.)

Could it be that Heaven’s Gate is really a revolving door?

Could it be that no one ever gets out of Hell?

Or if they do, do they have to sign a non-disclosure/non-disparagement form?

Leave a comment

Filed under books about heaven, publishing

The bear facts

By Chris Daly 

For the past week or so, I have been puzzling over my reactions to a new multimedia project from the Canadian National Film Board. It’s called “Bear 71,” by Jeremy Mendes and Leanne Allison.

It is described as “an interactive multimedia project” that tells “the true story of a grizzly bear.” It is fascinating. It is absorbing. It is beautiful. It is a high-tech, multi-layered way of spending time with an individual bear. As far as I can tell, nothing is made up. All of the information comes from radio tracking, video, and other sources.

The weird thing about it is that it is narrated from the bear’s point of view.

Does that mean it is still non-fiction?

I’d love to know what other people think, so please watch it, then leave a comment.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized