The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries

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9780060758752: The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries

An eclectic and entertaining look at the state of the
obituary
in the U.S. to London, as measured by obituary writers, editors
and obsessed fans.

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Review:

"This is a book for everyone who knows a dead person, or is likely to
become one... a quirky tribute." -- 'The Big Issue

...a smart, tart and often hilarious tiptoe through the tombstones.
-- Parade, March 5, 2006

Marilyn Johnson's The Dead Beat is an engaging and playful first-person
celebration of the "Golden Age of the Obituary." -- USA Today, March 28, 2006

The brief obit samples she quotes represent some of the best reading in
this slim, elegant volume. -- The Wall St. Journal, March 30, 2006

[A] delightful quirk of a book...The Dead Beat also is a primer on good
writing. -- Los Angeles Times Book Review, March 5, 2006

[A] delightful quirk of a book...The Dead Beat also is a primer on good
writing.
-- Los Angeles Times Book Review, March 5, 2006

"Johnson writes with wit, compassion and enthusiasm."
-- 'Belfast Telegraph'

"There is life after death... she just loves obituaries, and
simply worships obituarists." -- 'Daily Telegraph'

"What will survive of us after death, apart from love? If we're
lucky, a good obit... A fun, easy read." -- 'The Observer'

...a smart, tart and often hilarious tiptoe through the
tombstones. -- Parade, March 5, 2006

From the Author:

I attended my first Great Obituary Writers' Conference in
2004, and had a marvellous time. Who knew obit writers would be such good
company? Half an hour before the end of the conference, somebody ran in
shouting that Ronald Reagan had died. There was more adrenaline coursing
through that place than you'd find in a casualty department. I spent the
next two years chasing obit writers, soaking up their energy and twisted
sense of humour, and collecting their greatest hits: professional whistler,
kitty litter inventor, confidante of the Three Stooges, "revolutionary
whore." THE DEAD BEAT is my valentine to obit writers.

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