On Sept. 18, 2010, MITCHELL HEISMAN blew his brains out with a revolver on the steps of Harvard Memorial Church in front of a tour group of 30 people.
While not noteworthy in and of itself—suicides on college campuses not being totally unheard of—what is noteworthy about Mitchell Heisman is the 1,905-page suicide note he emailed to over 400 people in the hours before his exit.
“Suicide Note” is a masterpiece of modern philosophy and a brilliant application of socio-biological theory to politics. The book is a magnificently written, unbelievably well researched, poignant and thought-provoking work that confirms that philosophy is still alive in the 21st century. Chapters of the book have intriguing titles like “God is Technology” and “The Seditious Genius of the Spiritual Penis of Jesus.”
Written in a mood that ranges from the sardonic to the whimsical, the spirit and personality of the author, made inscrutable by the fashion in which he publicized the work, shines through on every page.
At the very least, Mitchell Heisman makes for an interesting and curious case. While it’s not exactly the lost work of David Foster Wallace, Suicide Note is a compelling masterwork that deserves scrutiny and voice…