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Post Mortem: July 13, 2008 - July 19, 2008

Why Read Obits?

We'll have a story in tomorrow's Washington Post (here it is ) that is yet another example of why people read obits. A man with the obit-worthy surname of Graves wrote in an e-mail "My father was a pre-eminent reader of newspapers, both the Post and numerous Russian newspapers.... In...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  July 17, 2008; 1:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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It's All Relative

The "survivors paragraph" in a typical Washington Post obit is fairly rigidly formatted, and for good reason: It's quite common for people, who define family broadly, to seek to include what my grandmother called "shirt-tail relations." It's also unfortunately common for some people to try to exclude a family rival,...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  July 15, 2008; 11:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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