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The Buried Life: A Review

By Angie DeRosa

Video by Gabrielle Wilson

“But often, in the world’s most crowded streets, but often, in the din of strife, there rises an unspeakable desire after, the knowledge of our buried life.”

 

Those lines from the poem entitled “The Buried Life” by Matthew Arnold is what struck the beginning of a project two brothers and their two friends would embark on for the next five years of their life (and still counting).

This past Friday, Dave Lingwood and Ben Nemtin of the popular MTV show “The Buried Life” (missing were Jonnie and Duncan Penn, who were elsewhere filming for the show) held a presentation at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven educating fans about their story and inspiring them to start their own “buried life.”

They began speaking about how the group formed back in 2006. Jonnie, Duncan, Ben, and Dave all found themselves in the same situation after college. Unhappy with their current situations and questioning their lives, they found themselves contemplating what life was all about. For Duncan, the drowning death of a friend during a camping trip caused deep introspection as to the meaning of life. 

While studying at the University in Montreal, Jonnie was assigned the Matthew Arnold poem that would create what would soon be the start of it all. Ben proclaimed, “We had no idea what the project would be, but that [“The Buried Life”] would be the name of it.” Soon afterwards they all conferenced on Skype, a video chat service, and compiled a list of 100 things they wanted to do before they died. For everything they accomplished on their list, they would help a stranger complete something on his.

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