Dear Mr. Lynch,

I’m writing to say that I’m fond of your work, and you by extension. I read The Undertaking when I was still deciding what type of grown up to be, and it informed the way I think about some greater truths — particularly capital punishment, suicide, and assisted suicide.


Your voice — so clear, reasonable, and acquainted with mortality – has been a comfort to me. You raise thoughtful questions that often go unasked, and you do it in plain terms. Useful.

So thank you. You don’t need me to tell you that you do good work. May your impulse to write grow stronger as the years pass.

All the best,

Maggie Mason

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