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By Marilyn Johnson

Marilyn Johnson was once enthralled by way of the impressive lives that have been marching out of this world—so she sought out the simplest obits within the English language and the folks who spent their lives writing concerning the lifeless. She surveyed the darkest corners of net chat rooms, and made a pilgrimage to London to take pleasure in the main caustic and literate obits of all. Now she leads us on a compelling trip into the cult and tradition at the back of the obituary web page and the weird lives we do not really relish until eventually they are long past.

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You can’t miss this shift; it almost always starts where it all began, with the birth of the subject, and it’s usually more mundane and boring than the following two examples: Born near Murwillumbah, on the NSW north coast, Judge Bellear joined the navy to help support his eight siblings and later worked as a fitter and turner. , where his father owned the local movie theatre. (by Carol Cooper, Globe and Mail) The reader has been cruising along, following the action, and suddenly has to stop and go back.

Those endless paragraphs,” Hugh Massingberd complains. ’” Indeed! So what do you call that bit there? Doesn’t the bad news describe it? When the London papers mention the cause of death, they like it to be germane. How much more pleasant, if pleasant is the word, to see the bad news couched in an anecdote about the life, as the following demonstrates so gracefully: At a party held at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh last October to celebrate The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women, Sue Innes, historian, writer, feminist activist and a co-editor of the dictionary, acknowledged that celebration was a bit premature: the book was not scheduled to be published for at least a year.

Eventually you may join the crowd who turn here first to see who has fallen in the night . . As if I didn’t know he was one of us! The Mighty and the Fallen of New York 47 THE FRANCHISE Chuck Strum nurses a very dry Beefeater martini with olives and patiently fields a series of questions about Alden Whitman and Robert McG. , the two star writers of the New York Times’s obits page who came and went before Strum became the obituary editor. Salt-and-pepper hair, a tweed jacket, absolutely precise with his information (he knows what he knows, and also what he doesn’t know), and equally precise with his timing (he left detailed instructions and apologies when he thought a meeting would make him five minutes late)—Strum is both a gentleman and a pro.

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