Here is what I have so far for a collaborative book project centered around the theme of... wait for it... death.
I remember when I was a voice major, the professors would ask a student what the song they just sang (in german/french/etc) was about. If the person had no idea what the song was about, they would typically respond with, "uhh... death?" I guess because it must be the most prevalent and overly-utilized artistic subject.
It has been said that Death is the Great Equalizer. I think you can trace that concept back to King Solomon in about 935 B.C. when he wrote: