By Thomas Lynch
“[Lynch] brings the teachings of loss of life to existence, and turns lifestyles and demise into art.” ―Time Out New York
this is the voice of either witness and functionary. Lynch stands among “the residing and the residing who've died” with outrage and amazement, awe and calm, straining for the short glimpse all of us get of what mortality skill to a necessary species.
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