about to read Severance by Robert Olen Butler.
After decapitation, the human head is believed to remain in a state of consciousness for one and one-half minutes.
In a heightened state of emotion, people speak at the rate of 160 words per minute.
Butler has written 62 stories, each exactly 240 words in length, that capture the flow of thoughts and feelings that rush through a mind after the head has been severed. Among the characters, both real and imagined, are Medusa, Anne Boleyn, a chicken, and the author himself.