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As Johnson explains in free-wheeling prose, today's obit writers are virtual folk heroes with global Internet followings and their own conventions. With care and an ear for gentle humor, Johnson guides her readers through the surprisingly structured, labyrinthine obit scene, pausing to meet the writers while pondering both the essence of our being and why, in the right hands, the life of an average Joe can be just as riveting as the shenanigans of a high-flying playboy. And infinitely more resonant. Savvy J-school professors and their students are advised to take heed. --Kim Hughes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Indeed it is and this little book is certainly worth buying, to enjoy and savor.
I used to think that funeral directors must have the best conventions but after reading Marilyn Johnson's "The Dead Beat" I'll give the nod to obituary writers.
Nonetheless, her breezy little book makes an entertaining case for obit writing as both journalism and literature.
When I took a job as an obit writer last September I researched books to read beforehand to prepare myself. This book was one of the first I picked up and was extremely helpful. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Obituaries have never been so fun lively and joyful. A great read and behind the scenes look at the obits. A celebration of life rather than death.Published 9 months ago by P. Shanahan
I enjoy reading obituaries. Every day, after studying the weather page in the paper, the first thing I look at are the obits. Read morePublished 10 months ago by lindapanzo
Marilyn Johnson delivers a smart, informative glimpse into the bizarre world of obit writers. But her book's bigger than this - becoming instead a moving discourse on just what... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Topper Lilien
I am of an age where most of the elders of my family are at rest. Hopefully, peacefully. I was looking forward to more insight, charm, wit, something. The lead-ins were too much. Read morePublished 13 months ago by NJH
This work contains great obituary material from primarily US media sources, and by some of the greatest obituary writers in the nation. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Biotexts2
I love reading obituaries and one part I liked was when obituary writers have a conference they are pleased if someone famous dies during the course of the meetings such as Ronald... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Barbara Duehn
As an author myself, I have never thought to write a review of another author's work - and since I am an avid reader, there have been many opportunities. Read morePublished on August 6, 2012 by Bert Carsel
The Dead Beat, Marilyn Johnson; HarperCollins Publishers (2006; paperback, 2007)
I like being late to parties. Always. Read more