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July 25, 2014

Margalit Fox: The Artist of the Obituary


I suppose I like the obits in the Times because they stand as a rebuke to the utopianism on view in so much of the rest of the paper,
and in our culture at large—the conviction, so dear to progressives, that with just this policy, just that tax increase, with one more appropriation or this precise set of comprehensive regulations, the election of a different candidate or the invention of this cure or the distribution of a revolutionary serum or the revision of one more curriculum, the world will at last reach the cusp of a glorious consummation and the unending downward drag of entropy will be reversed. It is not possible, or should not be so for a reasonable man, to sustain such fancies in the face of an obituary.
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Posted by gerardvanderleun at July 25, 2014 8:17 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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>i>There was a little girl,
who had a little curl...

Posted by: Anon43 [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 26, 2014 9:37 AM

Ironically appropriate the only writer left at the Times is the Obituary Editor.

Posted by: B Moe [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 26, 2014 11:08 AM

Near as I can make out that is a very old picture.

Posted by: Fat Man [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 26, 2014 7:42 PM

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