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“And besides, your oven is electric,” she says with a

shudder. “The bit about the oven was just a manner of

speaking.” “It’s always been clear to me,” she says. “If one

day I were to decide, it’d be in a nice warm bathtub.”

“Too slow for me; you know I’m impatient, the faster the

better.” I sigh at the difficulty of choosing. “But it’s

incredible that removing yourself from the equation is so


“Complicated?” she says.“Not at all!” “Ah, no?”

“Potassium injection.” “What?”

“Potassium chloride straight into the vein. Pills, don’t even

think about it. I have a patient who took fifty tranquilizers

the other day and he’s alive and kicking.”

“No kidding.”

“Yeah . . . He never stopped talking about killing himself

and when he takes a shot at it, he screws it up!”

The rest of the time we discuss the relationship between

suicide and suicidal thinking. It’s not true that people who

talk about suicide never kill themselves. Actually, the