Marilyn Johnson was enthralled by the remarkable lives that were marching out of this world–so she sought out the best obits in the English language and the people who spent their lives writing about the dead. She surveyed the darkest corners of Internet chat rooms, and made a pilgrimage to London to savor the most caustic and literate obits of all. Now she leads us on a compelling journey into the cult and culture behind the obituary page and the unusual lives we don’t quite appreciate until they’re gone.
(Synopsis from Harper Perennial edition; Cover image from Goodreads.com)
I’m sure if someone had seen me walking around with a book whose full title reads The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries, they might have been a little confused, and possibly a little concerned. However, after reading Marilyn Johnson‘s Lives in Ruins in November, I found myself wanting to read more of her work. (My review can be found here.) So, to achieve this goal, I used a gift card from my “baby” brother from Christmas to order books, including The Dead Beat. Continue reading