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Post Mortem: December 30, 2007 - January 5, 2008

Who needs commas, anyway?

A couple of weeks ago, Chicago Tribune critic Julia Keller had a column about the standard form of obituaries. Namely (so to speak), she wondered why obituaries always begin with the formula of "Name, comma, phrase describing what the person did, comma, and died." She writes: "A standard obituary requires...

By Matt Schudel  |  January 5, 2008; 3:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Tis the Season

We've entered the busiest time of the year for obits. Every year, just after the holidays, we're inundated with requests for obits. I did a spreadsheet once of 18 months worth of our articles, and the number of obits we had correlated strongly with this time of year --...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  January 3, 2008; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
 
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Hurricane Alley

Great little obit in the Miami Herald yesterday about an outdoorswoman who was driven from her home by one hurricane and driven from her business by another. Wish the story would have been written better, but there are a couple of nuggets in there: "They lived in a stilt house...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  January 2, 2008; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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