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Wills are uncanny and electric documents

30 April 2016

Wills are uncanny and electric documents. They lie dormant for years and then spring to life when their author dies, as if death were rain. Their effect on those they enrich is never negligible, and sometimes unexpectedly charged. They thrust living and dead into a final fierce clasp of love or hatred. But they are not written in stone—for all their granite legal language—and they can be bent to subvert the wishes of the writer.

Janet Malcolm

The Business of Writing

One Comments to “Wills are uncanny and electric documents”

  1. do we know where she wrote this? A column, a review, or book?

    I wonder what she was referencing.


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