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The New York Times Obituary Writers

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Jake

As someone who has used countless obituaries in genealogy research, I never considered that there are people responsible for writing them. Very enlightening piece.

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Jason

What an interesting doc! Businesses that revolve around death have always fascinated me. Well done and worth a watch.

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Lea

interesting!

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Jayasri

Great idea! Writing the advance obits must feel weird, though.

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Mary

I would stand in line to talk to them at parties. What a fascinating perspective on the arc of history, via individual points on the arc.

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Richard

Very involving and often amusing. I was shocked that their morgue has ONE staffer!

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Opal

Truly fascinating, humans are amazing. The film clips here are total gems.

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Jayasri

I agree. I was wondering about their clip research budget.

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Mary

Such an interesting documentary! Deadline gets a whole new meaning here. Very informative and enjoyable.

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Maryellen

As a genealogist, I found this veryi nteresting and full of information.

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Jake

Likewise here. When I have no other information on an ancestor, I can often find an obituary in a local newspaper that gives me information on their family, and often breaks through a wall I've encountered.

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Brian

Don't pass this one by! Obit writing is an art form, and this documentary really captures that well. i was impressed.

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Alan

Fascinating. Nothing validates a life of significance like a Times obit.

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Isabel

Enriching, humorous, insightful, quirky. Appreciated the deep commitment to their subjects and devotion to language expressed by all the obit writers featured in this engrossing documentary , and most particularly Margalit Fox. Highly recommend! Viva la vida.

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Marrianne

Fascinating insight into what appears to be the quiet side of the newspaper business. Here you will learn plenty about those who write obits and the ins and outs of the people on the other side. Great documentary.

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Wendy

I had no idea writing obituaries could be so fascinating. Obit. takes what should have been a dry and solemn subject and profession, and breathes cinematic life into it. Also, shout out to Jeff from the "morgue"—he should have his own documentary.

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Melissa Adylia

Every word and every image was so beautifully woven together. I want to know more about everyone in this; the writers as well as the obit subjects.

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Jameson

Really took me back to the good ol days, love those archives! Cannot recommend enough. I hope the kids can learn from this important, seminal film.

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Laurie

I want to read everything by Margalit Fox who retired from obits in 2018.

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Aric

Wonderful documentary covering the team of obit writers at the NY Times. An interesting perspective that we are normally not privileged to see. Fascinating and beautifully constructed. Definitely recommend.

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Lisa

Beautifully realized. So much material covered and in such a thoughtful way. Loved the team of obituary writers and how they viewed their work and the wonderful stories of the folks they eulogized.