…Margalit Fox on Life, Death, and the Best Job in Journalism – Conversations with Tyler Cowen – Medium. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)
The stereotypical obituary is a formulaic recitation of facts — dry, boring, and without craft. But Margalit Fox has shown the genre can produce some of the most memorable and moving stories in journalism. Exploiting its “pure narrative arc,” Fox has penned over 1,200 obituaries, covering well-known and obscure subjects with equal aplomb.I remember much the same thing was said of Alden Whitman, when he was the Times's obituarist.