Perlen gotischer Baukunst (4)

You would also think that a childhood spent in such close proximity to the workaday incidentals of death would be good preparation. That when someone you knew actually died, maybe you’d get to skip a phase or two of the grieving process – “denial” and “anger” for example – and move on with your life that much more quickly. But in fact, all the years spent visiting gravediggers, joking with burialvault salesmen, and teasing my brothers with crushed vials of smelling salts only made my own father’s death more incomprehensible.
Who embalms the undertaker when he dies? It was like the Russell paradox… the famous conundrum of the cleanshaven barber whose sign reads, “I shave all those men, and only those men, who do not shave themselves.” The barber, equally unable to shave himself, and to not shave himself, is impossible.

Alison Bechdel: Fun Home. A Familiy Tragicomic (2006), S. 50/51

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