Lovely Bones


Halloween may be over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t keep thinking about skeletons.

This Lapham’s Quarterly piece by Matthew Leib starts with a science teacher perching hip bones behind his head and “declar[ing] in a deranged falsetto that he [is] Mickey Mouse,” then meanders through memento mori and satires of the danse macabre before coming full circle with an old cartoon of Disney’s reigning rodent playing the organ while a troupe of skeletons “hoof away in the background.”

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →