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As We Lay Dying

Terminal illness as a national metaphor

“Dying Gaul” at Rome’s Capitoline Museum

Earl Shorris was dying. A cancer survivor, he had endured the near failure of organs, shuffling among hospitals and a kaleidescope of attending doctors. All the while he mused about death and suffering, by turns elegaic and rhapsodic.

His essay, “American Vespers: The ebbing of the body politic”, featured in Harper’s Dec. 2011 issue, is a memoir in diptych; a view of…

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jude folly

jude folly explores politics & human condition in essay, fiction & verse. his writings won’t make you smarter, but they will make you think. linktr.ee/judefolly