It’s when I ask what he thinks happens after death that I lean in the closest, for Adrian is in the rare position of understanding both science and religion and having a writer’s ability to observe and distill. What happens? I am surprised, disarmed, by how much I want to hear, how much I feel I’ll believe what he tells me.
“I grew up with all these complicated and specific ideas of what it would be like to be dead,” he says. “Now I’m not so sure. And I think that I don’t have to get it figured out anymore, being in divinity school. But I’m hoping to get a better idea of how to talk to people about it.” It must help. Yes, he nods. “Especially when it’s sad.”
Chris Adrian reads from The Children’s Hospital on Thursday, March 8 at 7 pm at the Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, in Brookline. Call 617.566.6660.
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