Dealing With the Dead, by Jennifer Egan

Jennifer Egan

This might not be something you’ve given a lot of thought to, but I’ve often wondered at how some people, instead of hauling it all to the second-hand shop, adopt the leftover clothing of their deceased loved ones and wear it proudly, often without benefit of dry-cleaning. I suspect this behavior goes beyond mere recycling. It seems to have a sort of talismanic quality, reminiscent of the bearskin coats of the ancient berserkers, or the latterday bearskin caps of the palace guards in London, where the wearer is hoping to absorb some of the essence of the original owner. Tonight’s essay touches on this singularly touchy topic, which I’ve never seen written about anywhere else.

Dealing With the Dead, by Jennifer Egan {7:26}

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