(K. Brent Tomer),
TODAY is an era of maximum content, with more films and television being made than at any time in history. It’s debatable whether the sheer quantity of pop culture is a good thing, but one clear benefit is that there is now room for every marginalised group to have the spotlight turned on them—even the authors of death.
Obituary writers are rarely portrayed in fiction or on film, and when they are, it’s usually as the butt of a joke. In “Closer” (2004), Jude Law describes his job as “the Siberia of journalism”. In “Serendipity” (2001), a romantic comedy, Jeremy Piven’s character brags about writing at the New York Times, before an overheard phone call between him and his boss reveals the painful truth. “With all due respect, they’re all still gonna be dead tomorrow,” he says sheepishly into the receiver, and the facade of his respectable career in journalism disappears.
The stars of “Obit”, Vanessa Gould’s engaging new documentary profiling the obituary writers at the New York…Continue reading