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Landis Blair

Landis Blair is the author and illustrator of The Envious Siblings and Other Morbid Nursery Rhymes (Norton, 2019). Additionally, he illustrated the New York Times bestseller From Here to Eternity (Norton, 2017) and the graphic novel The Hunting Accident (First Second, 2017), which won Best in Adult Books at the Excellence in Graphic Literature awards.

Illustrator

Reaper Madness

Fall 2019 | Essays

When your four-year-old begins talking incessantly about death, there are a few tactics for dealing with it. One is curiosity. Why do you want to die? Why do you hope you die today? Why do you love to die? Why do you want to kill yourself? The four-year-old doesn’t know what death is, not really, and so he cannot truly answer the question.