Posts Tagged "death"

A Generation in Japan Faces a Lonely Death

“Every evening around 6 p.m., before retiring for the night, Mrs. Ito closed the paper screen in the window. Then in the morning, after her alarm woke her at 5:40 a.m., she slid the screen back open.

‘If it’s closed,’ Mrs. Ito told her neighbor, ‘it means I’ve died.'”

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Thomas Lynch: The Undertaking

Today, I was reminded of Thomas Lynch’s excellent book The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade. Lynch is an undertaking by profession, but an excellent, excellent essayist. I first came across his writing while in graduate school, and I found them incredibly moving. I find myself going back to this book at least once a year, and always find great joy in reading his words.

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