Saturday, October 04, 2014
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Monday, September 15, 2014
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Here are the eight we already feature on our website:
"The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries" by Marilyn Johnson
"Life After Death" by Nigel Starck
"Life on the Death Beat: A Handbook for Obituary Writers" by Alana Baranick, Stephen Miller and Jim Sheeler
"Deadlines: Obits of Memorable British Columbians" by Tom Hawthorn
"Obit: Inspiring Stories of Ordinary People Who Lived Extraordinary Lives" by Jim Sheeler
"If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name" by Heather Lende
"Final Salute" by Jim Sheeler
"Working the Dead Beat" by Sandra Martin
What other books should we include?
Sunday, July 06, 2014
For example, when Oprah Winfrey eventually dies, her obit writers will be able to use a version of the line with confidence. Earlier this year, the talk show legend gave away a designer dress simply because a stranger asked her for it.
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Zaborney was honored for his obituary about Seymour Rothman, a veteran Blade columnist who "thrived among celebrities and everyday citizens."
Click here to read the obit.
Friday, June 13, 2014
So, now you can add "danced into spirit" to your collection of euphemisms for "died/"
Saturday, May 31, 2014
When this happens, it's a good idea to take a step back and start looking at the entire cemetery rather than the individual tombstone.
In the comments, please share your tips for bringing a fresh point of view to an obit. Do you read the competition? Study historical examples? Turn to technological upgrades for new ideas? How do you come up with new and interesting ways to tell the deceased's story?
Saturday, April 12, 2014
"Almost every day, I am given a mystery to solve – the mystery of how a life was lived, and why that life, although it has run its course, matters vitally to us all.
For the past decade I have worked as an obituary news writer at The Times, most recently as a senior writer. The job – all-consuming, life-giving and never dull – is perhaps the strangest in American journalism but also one of the very best."
Click here for more.
Sunday, March 23, 2014
New York Times obituary writer Bruce Weber has published "Life Is a Wheel: Love Death, Etc., and a Bike Ride Across America," a new travelogue The Associated Press described as both "delightful" and "fascinating."
The book focuses on Weber and his decision at 57 to reprise the coast-to-coast bike ride he took 18 years earlier. The 4,122-mile adventure takes him more than 100 days to complete, with just a few days off for a wedding in New Orleans and a funeral in Los Angeles.
[Weber's] book is more than a chronicle of his two-wheel journey across endless prairie and farm fields and through countless small towns and suburbs. One of the most fascinating sections recalls the author's 1995 bike trip in Vietnam, a more gripping adventure than anything he encounters on his latest ride. He is arrested while riding alone in the jungle, then stranded without food or water, an episode he can now fondly look back on as "one of the great moments of my life."
For more information, click here.
Wednesday, January 01, 2014
In a recent blog post, SPOW President Andy Meacham noted: "Like his career, there is nothing expected or usual in 'Because No One Else Can -- Inside the Military Intelligence Secret Sausage Factory.' This nearly 800-page tome, available on Amazon, is as he says, a textbook for intelligence analysts. It is also a history book, a primer on strategic thinking and an an amazingly full inside view of the kinds of challenges intelligence agents face in a post 9-11 world."
Click here to learn more.