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The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries - Marilyn Johnson
The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries
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Marilyn Johnson was enthralled by the remarkable lives that were marching out of this world—so she sought out the best obits in the English language and the people who spent their lives writing about the dead. She surveyed the darkest corners of Internet chat rooms, and made a pilgrimage to... show more
Marilyn Johnson was enthralled by the remarkable lives that were marching out of this world—so she sought out the best obits in the English language and the people who spent their lives writing about the dead. She surveyed the darkest corners of Internet chat rooms, and made a pilgrimage to London to savor the most caustic and literate obits of all. Now she leads us on a compelling journey into the cult and culture behind the obituary page and the unusual lives we don't quite appreciate until they're gone.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780060758769 (0060758767)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
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By Singing Light
By Singing Light rated it
4.0
Opening: "People have been slipping out of this world in occupational clusters, I've noticed, for years. Four journalists passed their deadline one day, and their obits filled a whole corner of the paper."So, I actually read--shock! amazement!--a non-fiction book. It had been languishing on my TBR l...
Between The Bookends
Between The Bookends rated it
4.0 The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries
I guess it is true, you really do learn something new everyday. I had no idea that there were people specifically paid to write obituary's for newspapers or that they had their very own convention. A fascinating and interesting read for sure.
Defenestraethe
Defenestraethe rated it
I haven't picked up the habit, but I certainly understand the appeal of reading obituaries now.
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