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To be or not to be: Playwrights on the complex issue of suicide
To be or not to be: Playwrights on the complex issue of suicide

"There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide." Albert Camus' famous opening sentence from "The Myth of Sisyphus" is obviously directed to people who aren't standing on the window ledge. Those planning to kill themselves don't typically consult the existentialists beforehand. It is the bystanders of self-inflicted death who are compelled to philosophize. Observe the unstanchable flow of anguished speculation and sermonizing elicited by Robin Williams' suicide last week. New facts (his diagnosis of Parkinson's disease, for example) have only intensified the flood of conjecture. Social media have been so rife...

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