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The Art of the Obituary
Dave Davies talks with New York Times obituary writers Bruce Weber and Margalit Fox. Each of them has written over a thousand obits for the Times. They are the subject of the new documentary Obit, by director Vanessa Gould. Weber is now retired and Fox is off the daily obit writing desk, and is now writing "prewritten" obits. The New York Times is now one of the few big papers in the country that still has an obituary department.

Thu, Apr 27, 2017 -- 1:00pm


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