πŸ“‘ Obituaries

Bookmarked Obituaries (Teaching Machines)
The obituary is a strange genre. (I say this having written two.) An obituary typically contains the basic facts of the deceased’s life: where and when they were born; when and sometimes how they died; where they went to school; the names of wives and husbands and children and the names of any other β€œsurviving family members.” An obituary, whether written by a family member or by someone at the newspaper, attempts to narrate a life – who was this person; what did they do; what were they like?
Audrey Watters reflects on the stories told in the form of obituaries. This reminds me of Austin Kleon’s

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    Obituaries aren’t really about death; they’re about life. β€œThe sum of every obituary is how heroic people are, and how noble,” writes artist Maira Kalman. Reading about people who are dead now and did things with their lives makes me want to get up and do something decent with mine. Thinking about death every morning makes me want to live.

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