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Mark Manson

A Conversation with Mark Manson

Mark Manson is a best-selling author, entrepreneur, and life-advice blogger. His website receives over two million monthly visitors. Mark drew on Ernest Becker’s work for inspiration for his most recent book, The Subtle Art of Not-Giving A F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life, which has appeared on both the New York Times’ and Washington Post’s Bestseller List. He graciously took time to chat with EBF staffer Christa Masson about his new book, Ernest Becker, and how to live a good life.

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The Last Enemy That Shall Be Destroyed is Death

It was invariably poignant growing up with Harry, Ron, and Hermione as they battled dark wizards and teen angst, and I long for the magical world Rowling revealed to us. The finale of the series, however, opened the door to another unexpected world: the role of death in life. Mortality is a driving force behind Rowling’s characters’ actions, and I couldn’t help consider whether death exerts a similar influence over non-magical humans. This led to the inevitable Google search: ‘how do humans deal with the fear of death?’ and my discovery of Ernest Becker.