Unbelievably good. Flawless. A personal essay doing the work of a short story, and more, I think.
It seems like there will be a 50% chance, when you start reading this, that you already know what it is about. It's not hard to find out, but I think not knowing was… not better, but different. Halfway through, I realized that it was not
so sad just because of the dog — I remembered what I'd read earlier on Wikipedia, really — and what I was in for. So I'm going to leave that unsaid and leave it up to you.
While there is of course absolutely nothing
I can compare in my life, the way the story is told hit me in a soft place. I believe that the reason Beard needed to write this piece was not only because of what happened, but what was happening
. The idea of "the last day of the first part of my life" is familiar to me — when you are watching your life live itself out, into a new one. Sometimes so many things
will end at the same time, that time is marked forever, and this story is exactly as epic as that feels.
"She was never a puppy. She's always been older than me."
This was collected in Beard's book of essays The Boys of My Youth
(which is basically at the very top of my to-buy list). But it was originally published in the New Yorker, and you can read it in full on the site.
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