exordia

"How are we to help those who die and those who have died?" --
Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

"By writing or reading obituaries,
we can discover ways to make our time on earth more worthwhile, more productive, more meaningful to others." -- Alana Baranick, "Life on the Death Beat"

"'I always read the obituaries in The Times,' I explained to her. 'They make me bloody glad to be alive.'" -- John Mortimer, "Rumpole's Return"

Jim Fanning

Former MLB catcher and manager -- via the Montreal Gazette. Led the Blue Jays to their only playoff appearance, in 1981.

Sandy Whitelaw

Moira Gemmill

Design director -- via the Guardian.


Bernard Stollman

Founder of ESP-Disk Records -- via Pitchfork. He recorded a large amount of music and spoken-word performance that otherwise might have been lost. This includes Albery Ayler's classic "Spiritual Unity," and work by Ornette Coleman, Sun Ra, Pharaoh Sanders, the Fugs, Timothy Leary, and William S. Burroughs. CAVEAT:  It appears that Stollman never paid any of this artists.






Lois Lilienstein