The New York Times Book Review, Susan Jacoby

Review of: The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade

At his best, Lynch shows himself to be a master of the essay form. “Words Made Flesh,” a tribute to the erotically suggestive power of a single poem … is a small classic that ought to be included in every college writing textbook. At his worst, Lynch sounds like a publicist for the mortuary business.