Actor Patton Oswald has been reeling since the shocking death of his wife in April. The writer Michelle McNamara died at age 46. Oswalt said in a Facebook post that he will soon be returning to work, to “telling jokes again” and writing and “all the stuff I was always so privileged to get to do before I met Michelle.”
Oswalt has written before — an article in Time magazine — to praise his wife. But this was somehow more personal, as he explained that the 102 days since his wife passed “feels like 102 years.” Oswalt takes an interesting, courageous narrative path, addressing Grief directly, as a character that now looms in his life like some modern Iago — casting shadows over everything. “Thanks, grief,” Oswalt begins, going on to describe grief as an unyielding master and a giver of perspective — a heavy load that makes depression seem like child’s play.