"What was I thinking?"
Requiem for the Living grew out of a personal challenge after years of battling cancer and defeating prognoses. Metcalf says of the process, "The idea of writing a memoir had been on the back of my mind for a number of personal reasons. It was sort of like cleaning out the garage and it was a matter of rolling up my sleeves and getting to work. I set aside the task of writing an essay every week for an entire year. I will never make such a compact again. What was I thinking?"
The memoir has been met with rave reviews. Ron Carlson, author of A Kind of Flying, says, “This is a truly unusual book! What Jeff Metcalf has accomplished in his collection of essays is to write an intimate and frank book about a life well lived. It is a dear and personal book that increases the supply of affection in the world and adds mightily to our shared kindness. Requiem for the Living is a memoir with a unique wavelength—it should be on everyone’s night stand.”
Jeff went on KUER's Radio West to discuss writing the book. You can listen to that show here.
Metcalf has previously produced a one-man show based on his experience undergoing treatment for cancer, called A Slight Discomfort. More information about the play and Requiem for the Living can be found here.