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ISBN: 9781552453414-05

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A Loss For Words

From: The Last Word


This chapter highlights the challenge of writing a eulogy and using the words and songs of others to express one’s own feelings of sadness. It focuses on calculating and quantifying life, finessing the value of life into one short statement. Includes an example from Norman Mailer’s own self-written eulogy.



Julia Cooper

Julia Cooper has written for the Globe and Mail, the National Post, and Hazlitt magazine, among others. Based in Toronto, Ontario, she recently completed a PhD in English Literature at the University of Toronto.