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Post Mortem: May 17, 2009 - May 23, 2009

Three Views of an Architect

I recently wrote the obituary of Canadian architect Arthur Erickson, who designed the Canadian embassy here in Washington. Philip Johnson, the oracular American architect, once said, "Arthur Erickson is by far the greatest architect in Canada, and may be the greatest on this continent." I chose to concentrate largely on...

By Matt Schudel  |  May 23, 2009; 2:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lincoln's Biographer

David Herbert Donald, the distinguished biographer of Abraham Lincoln and historian of the Civil War, has died at the age of 88. Donald was a remarkable scholar who worked up to the end, hard at work on a biography of John Quincy Adams. Donald was, in the overused and little-understood...

By Matt Schudel  |  May 21, 2009; 7:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fla. Rumors Kill Swayze

Washington Post staff writer Lauren Wiseman on the premature burial of actor Patrick Swayze by an overeager radio station and an army of Twitters, or are they just Twits?: Wiseman writes: It seems nobody is safe in the blogosphere. A Jacksonville, Fla., radio station announced early yesterday morning the death...

By Adam Bernstein  |  May 20, 2009; 3:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Dick Button's Muscles

While I was writing the obituary for Aldus Chapin, a prominent figure on the D.C. arts scene for many years, Chapin's wife Dolly shared with me a letter she had received from her husband's Harvard roommate, the former Olympic skater Dick Button. Button, who'll be 80 this year, was not...

By Joe Holley  |  May 20, 2009; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Remembering Benedetti

Pablo Izmirlian, a reporter for the culture section of the weekly paper Búsqueda in Montevideo, Uruguay, offered this remembrance of one of his country's finest authors, Mario Benedetti, who died this week. Izmirlian writes: When I was in my senior year of high school I won a poetry competition in...

By Adam Bernstein  |  May 20, 2009; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Composer Maw Dies

Emily Langer, who works in The Post's Outlook section and is a classical music aficionado, kindly agreed to guest blog in Post Mortem after writing an obit on composer Nicholas Maw, who died today at 73. Her story on Maw appears here: Langer writes: If you're a casual listener of...

By Adam Bernstein  |  May 19, 2009; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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The Prolific Mr. Benedetti

Uruguayan writer Mario Benedetti, who died May 17 at age 88, is not as well known in the English-speaking world as Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Julio Cortazar, Carlos Fuentes or Mario Vargas Llosa, but he certainly played in their league. He was immensely prolific, publishing novels, poetry, short stories, plays, screenplays...

By Joe Holley  |  May 18, 2009; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bishop's Trance

Right off Q Street near downtown Washington the other day, I noticed that psychic readings are going for $2 these days. My reportorial instincts temporarily lapsed, so I didn't investigate whether customers are getting what they pay for. The psychic sale was a reminder, though, that what we really need...

By Joe Holley  |  May 17, 2009; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Yo Yo King

And now a word from our occasional Vancouver correspondent Tom Hawthorn, whose recent obituary of Harvey Lowe caught our eye: The obituarist's working life is peopled by worthies and notables -- generals, statesmen, captains of industry. Their stories often follow a predictable path from good schooling to achievement to honors...

By Adam Bernstein  |  May 17, 2009; 7:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Wayman Tisdale

Wayman Tisdale, whose obituary appears Sunday in the Post, was one of the finest college basketball players of all time. He was a three-time all-American at the University of Oklahoma and was named the Big Eight Conference's player of the year three years in a row. He was an unstoppable...

By Matt Schudel  |  May 17, 2009; 6:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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