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The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries by Marilyn Johnson
I realize that most people have hobbies, and that some of those hobbies aren’t necessarily what you’d call “mainstream”. So it goes for Ms. Johnson’s obsession with obituaries and their value as literature, journalism and maybe “art”. Having worked in a funeral home, I understand that death can be simultaneously macabre and hilarious. But this book’s inspiration seems borne in her desperation to legitimize her hobby and its online cabal, instead of serving as a matter-of-record or a celebration of an often overlooked journalistic niche.

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