Death Rattle: The Body’s Betrayals

In this moving lyric essay on grief, pain, and the body’s frailty, Ellen Wayland-Smith recalls, with heart-wrenching intimacy, how bodies have failed and fallen in her own life, and reflects on various literary and historical reckonings with the finality of death and the inevitability of the fall.

Source: Longreads
Published: Mar 21, 2018
Length: 16 minutes (4,127 words)