"So hardcore": Corpse kept upright for 3-day wake in Puerto Rico

August 21, 2008

“So hardcore”: Corpse kept upright for 3-day wake in Puerto Rico

Dressed in a Yankees baseball cap and sunglasses, Pantoja was mourned by relatives while propped upright in his mother’s living room. His brother Carlos told the El Nuevo Dia newspaper the victim had long said he wanted to be upright for his own wake: “He wanted to be happy, standing.”

I love that last quote. The syntax reminds me of this wonderful sentence in J.M. Coetzee’s Disgrace that went: “She was compliant, pliant.”

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