Tag Archives: obituaries

Just cherish it all- A small personal tribute to Graham Joyce (1954-2014)

I maintain a roster of writers who live with cancer and write about it in the media, and I check in on them every so often to see how they are. If they seem to be doing fine it makes me … Continue reading

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The view from Maslow’s Peak (III) – In my end is my beginning (a personal history)

Every now and then, I see someone post on social media the following passage from the point of view of the protagonist Esther in Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, and every time it is met with a flurry of wistful … Continue reading

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Ars vivendi

Cancer sucks, but life is great – Stephen Sutton, Stephen’s Story Life is bearable even when it’s unbearable: that is what’s so terrible, that is the unbearable thing about it – Geoff Dyer, Out of Sheer Rage What do you … Continue reading

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The work of Anthony Lane – So finely written

In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgement. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to … Continue reading

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Obituaries in The Economist- Stories of somewhere else

The first thing I read in The Economist is the Obituary column on the last page. Despite the name, there is very little mention of death here- as the obituaries editor, Ann Wroe, has said: The death…is rarely interesting. It’s … Continue reading

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