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The art of writing obituaries

New York Times obituaries editor William McDonald directs a staff of writers who dig up little known but compelling facts about people while preparing their obituaries. His book The Obits: The New York Times Annual 2012 collects some of their most fascinating obits. McDonald discusses some of those people, and struggles that arise when documenting the moments and events of one’s life.

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