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A confession. This is not my favorite topic in the world.
Mike Wallace once asked Woody Allen if the latter hoped to live on in the hearts and memories of his fans. "No," said Allen. "I hope to live on in my apartment." That's right about where I am too. The only burial custom I find at all personally intriguing is the Tibetan "sky burial" or "jhator" in which the body is sliced open and left on a mountainside for the birds to eat. And when I say birds, I mean vultures. And when I say vultures if mean a species of vulture called the Eurasian Griffon. And the more I read about the jhator the less enchanted I am by it. Still, if it could happen in the wilderness area outside Sedona, that would be nice.
There's certainly no room for me in the cemetery where my parents now lie, and that's the reason for today's show. In the crowded northeast, what happens to the idea of burial?
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