Fictional essay: “The Dead”

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“The Dead,” by Stephen Dixon

From Boulevard Vol. 27, 3, Spring 2012; PDF

A little over 5 pages; 2,382 words

Or maybe it’s a story, but if it is I don’t understand it. I think it’s more of an essay. The mood it builds is terrible. Not quite despair. Little or no self-pity, either. The endless list of the dead is a comforting ritual: soon the narrator will be one of them. I like that.