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Post Mortem: September 30, 2007 - October 6, 2007

The Nearly Un-Dead

Anyone who is a fan of good writing knows the work of Henry Allen. He's a Pulitzer Prize-winning critic and an editor now, but he writes too little, in his fans' opinions. Luckily, he has a piece today on the new wax museum that is sure to leave you laughing...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  October 5, 2007; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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False Death, False Information

The first sentence is not exactly Garcia Marquez, but it's eye-catching nonetheless. As my colleague Matt Schudel pointed out, an Albany newspaper reports the premature burial of a local man in his college alumni newspaper. This reminded me of a terrific story the Wall Street Journal published several years ago...

By Adam Bernstein  |  October 4, 2007; 4:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Greatly Exaggerated

While traveling abroad in 1867, Mark Twain heard rumors that some American newspapers had prematurely declared him dead and printed his obituary. Twain supposedly sent off a telegram with his famous comment, "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated." (Actually, according to this Web site, which reproduces Twain's handwritten...

By Matt Schudel  |  October 4, 2007; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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An Obituary of Another Kind

Most of us who work in Obits have a soft spot for nostalgia -- after all, more than most reporters, we deal with events from the past. And nothing melts a reporter's heart more than tales of the glorious, rambunctious days of old-time journalism, when newsrooms were noisy with the...

By Matt Schudel  |  October 3, 2007; 12:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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One Woman Ends Her Life

An unusual article this morning, from the Oregionian in Portland. Lovelle Svart, who had lung cancer for nearly five years, ended her life under the state's assisted suicide law. She wanted people to think about end-of-life issues so she and her former employer, the Oregonian, posted a video blog about...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  October 2, 2007; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Local Lives

Most of the larger obituaries in major newspapers are about the famous and the mighty. When a celebrity, political leader or distinguished scientist dies, we try to describe the significance that person's life as fully as we can. But what about people who weren't well known but who left a...

By Matt Schudel  |  September 30, 2007; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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