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The art of writing an Obituary

Writing about the dead does not seem to be a pleasant business. If the journalist does not want to write something clichéd, he or she would have to do a bit of research about the life of the dead person – which would involve talking with a grieving family or looking up varying sets of information on what was special about that person. We might think that the entire business of obit writing is dark and sad. Cheerily, most of the times it is the opposite as in the interview this journalist tells us: “98 percent of the obit has nothing to do with death, but with life.”

http://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2014/09/23/the-art-of-the-obituary-an-interview-with-margalit-fox/

Slow Art: Getting more by seeing less

In our world of instant media, when we tour museums, libraries or tourist places, mostly we go about clicking pictures and telling everyone what we have been up-to every few seconds or minutes. In doing so, we rarely spend time appreciating a piece of art, a book, or a sunset. The author recommends slow art – going about a museum checking out pieces of art, then deciding which one appeals to you most and finally spending time with a single compelling piece. That, the author says, could lead to a richer experience.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/12/travel/the-art-of-slowing-down-in-a-museum.html?_r=0

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