Did you know that writers who pen obituaries for a living have a name? They're "obituarists." I knew that, but didn't know 'til today that they have their own International Society of Obituarists, which holds an annual conference. You can read about it RIGHT HERE.

I was lucky enough to know one of the great modern obituarists: the late Bob Thomas of the New York Times. He was a lovely, funny, clever man who threw wonderful parties.

This book is a collection of his best obits. Highly recommended.

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