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Devah Pager, Who Documented Race Bias in Job Market, Dies at 46 - The New York Times
Her husband said she loved to ride bikes, sing and dance and frequently organized karaoke nights. Her signature song was the anthem popularized by Gloria Gaynor: “I Will Survive.”
obituaries  research  jobs  academia  karaoke 
november 2018 by allaboutgeorge
Ben H. Bagdikian, Reporter of Broad Range and Conscience, Dies at 96 - The New York Times
“Never forget,” he told his students at the outset, “that your obligation is to the people. It is not, at heart, to those who pay you, or to your editor, or to your sources, or to your friends, or to the advancement of your career. It is to the public.”
journalism  obituaries  washington  publishing  corporations  power  reporting  writing 
january 2018 by allaboutgeorge
Edith M.S. Ingram, artist, writer concerned with black history; at 89 -
“Mother’s life revolved around many passions, but the greatest were her family and her art."
obituaries  from twitter
august 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Clarence Clemons, Much More Than Springsteen’s Sideman -
Of course Mr. Clemons was the band’s abiding African-American musician, who kept the E Street Band multiracial after the early departure of a keyboardist, David Sancious, also African-American. Along with the sound his saxophone brought to the songs — of soul and R&B, of urban sophistication and wildness — Mr. Clemons’s imposing figure declared that the E Street Band was sharing rock ’n’ roll’s black heritage, not plundering it. In America’s long, vexed cultural history of race, his bond with Mr. Springsteen made Mr. Clemons a symbol of unity and reconciliation.
rock  music  race  1970s  obituaries  newjersey  r&b 
june 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Clarence Clemons, E Street Band Saxophonist, Dies at 69 -
He was older than Mr. Springsteen and most of his future band mates, and he often commented on the oddity — even the liability — of being a racially integrated group in those days.

“You had your black bands and you had your white bands,” he wrote in his memoir, “and if you mixed the two you found less places to play.”
race  music  rock  1970s  obituaries 
june 2011 by allaboutgeorge
New author Clemons sees no end for the E Street Band < PopMatters
"It's sad to see these old buildings go because they have so many memories, and it's a real personal kind of thing when you play these places. It's part of our history just gone.
"But we're just creating new history in new places."
obituaries  books  biography  music  rock  philadelphia 
june 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Charlie Louvin, Country Singer, Dies at 83 -
“When it comes time for the harmonies to come in, I will move to my left because my brother and I always used ... one microphone,” he said of performing solo. “Even today, I will move over to the left to give the harmony room, knowing in my mind that there’s no harmony standing on my right.”
family  music  country  obituaries  death 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Chalmers Johnson, author of Blowback; The Sorrows of Empire, Dead at 79 |
In one of my fondest memories of Chalmers and Sheila Johnson at their home with their then Russian blue cats, MITI and MOF, named after the two engines of Japan's political economy -- Chal railed against the journal, Foreign Affairs, which he saw as a clap trap of statist conventionalism. He decided he had had enough of the journal and of the organization that published it, the Council on Foreign Relations. So, Chalmers called the CFR and told the young lady on the phone to cancel his membership.

The lady said, "Professor Johnson, I'm sorry sir. No one cancels their membership in the Council in Foreign Relations. Membership is for life. People are canceled when they die."

Chalmers Johnson, not missing a beat, said "Consider me dead."
foreign  empire  military  economy  japan  news  politics  power  geography  books  nonfiction  obituaries 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Final edition: Twilight of the American newspaper—By Richard Rodriguez (Harper's Magazine)
[...] In the nineteenth-century newspaper, the relationship between observer and observed was reciprocal: the newspaper described the city; the newspaper, in turn, was sustained by readers who were curious about the strangers that circumstance had placed proximate to them. So, I suppose, it is incomplete to notice that the San Francisco Chronicle has become remiss in its obituary department. Of four friends of mine who died recently in San Francisco, not one wanted a published obituary or any other public notice taken of his absence. This seems to me a serious abrogation of the responsibility of living in a city and as good an explanation as any of why newspapers are dying. All four of my friends requested cremation; three wanted their ashes consigned to the obscurity of Nature. Perhaps the cemetery is as doomed in America as the newspaper, and for the same reason: we do not imagine death as a city.

We no longer imagine the newspaper as a city or the city as a newspaper. [...]
media  journalism  newspapers  writing  news  death  obituaries  cities  california  essay  history  sanfrancisco  culture 
december 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Merce Cunningham - Telegraph
After school, Cunningham enrolled in the Cornish School for Performing and Visual Arts in Seattle. It was during his second year that he met John Cage, who played piano there. Cage, who was then married, started a percussion programme that Cunningham attended. When Cunningham had mastered one piece, Cage told him: "'You were playing everything absolutely perfectly. Now just go a little further and make a few mistakes.' I thought, that is a marvellous idea."
obituaries  work  creativity  music  attention 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge Massive Attack's 'Blue Lines' producer dies -- Jonny Dollar has passed away aged 45
"When I first heard ['Blue Lines' single] 'Unfinished Sympathy' like everybody else who heard it, I don’t think I could really believe what I was hearing" (via )
music  uk  pop  obituaries 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Ronald T. Takaki dies at 70; pioneer in the field of ethnic studies - Los Angeles Times
Takaki was hired and in 1967 taught the university's first African American history class.

When the young Japanese American, sporting a crew cut, walked into the classroom for the first time, the students, some wearing Afros and dashikis, fell silent. One student finally spoke up.

"Well, Prof. Takaki," the student said in a challenging tone, "what revolutionary tools are we going to learn in this course?" Takaki replied: "We're going to study the history of the U.S. as it relates to African Americans. We're going to strengthen our critical-thinking skills and our writing skills. These can be revolutionary tools if we make them so.' "
berkeley  asian  history  education  california  race  obituaries  academia  ethnic 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
John Hope Franklin, Scholar and Witness -
“My mother and I used to have a game we’d play on our public,” Dr. Franklin said not long ago, his voice full of artful pauses, words pulled out like taffy. “She would say if anyone asks you what you want to be when you grow up, tell them you want to be the first Negro president of the United States. And just the words were so far-fetched, so incredible that we used to really have fun, just saying it.”
president  obama  history  black  obituaries  academia 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge Confessions of an obituarist
My profession is a venerable craft that dates back hundreds of years to the earliest days of the popular press, but it may be on life support now itself. Not only are hard economic times sparking layoffs, buyouts and other cutbacks in the newspaper business and threatening to make the obituary page an endangered species, modern technology and the Internet are having a radical impact on how we, as a society, commemorate a life — and it's not all for the good.
obituaries  newspapers  media  writing  nonfiction  death  technology  internet  journalism 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The Appreciation of Mark Felt -
"Cool is someone like Deep Throat, a small but crucial part of a story that changes the world. Cool is the idea that there are parking garages in the afterlife of Mark Felt, and in the next life of journalism. Cool is the thought that a young reporter right now, at any form of media outlet, is getting ready to actually leave the building and go meet someone in a neutral location for a story that may or may not pan out, something the reporter believes to be big. [...]

The best way to appreciate Mark Felt is to work the phones, take notes and figure out how to get that which is off the record, on."
journalism  media  newspapers  obituaries 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
William Claxton, Jazz Photographer, Is Dead at 80 - Obituary (Obit) -
"When we started out, there were hardly any other photographers doing this kind of thing because there was no money in it. We started doing it because of the love of photography and the love of jazz."
jazz  photography  culture  music  love  obituaries 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Ex-Post copy editor wills CU $778,000 - The Denver Post
"[...] Hemingway was well-known among Post employees for his pastel polyester suits, but on his last day of work before he retired in 1991, he wore a Giorgio Armani tuxedo, according to accounts. After retirement, he traveled the world, and for 15 years he was ... a volunteer exhibit guide at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. [...]"
fashion  journalism  museums  denver  media  newspapers  education  obituaries  colorado 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Obituary: Hiram Bullock | Music | The Guardian
"He essentially came from a blues, funk and rock corner, and it was his ability to bring this attack to a jazz context that always seemed to be the defining factor. It was this that endeared him to artists like Gil, for instance. Although he played on countless sessions, he was a great live performer, and this is where he stood out, whether with Sanborn, Bley or Gil Evans."
music  1980s  jazz  blues  rock  obituaries 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Hiram Bullock, 52, Soulful Guitarist and Part of the First Letterman Night Show Band - Obituary (Obit) -
"His best-known solo was on the 1987 Sting album 'Nothing Like the Sun,' in a version of Jimi Hendrix’s 'Little Wing.'" That was the first or second CD I ever bought, and I played it over and over in the first portable CD player I ever bought, an Onkyo about half the size of a Yellow Pages phone directory.
obituaries  music 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Robert Hazard, Philly rocker, dies at 59 | Philadelphia Inquirer | 08/06/2008
"One night in a motel in Delaware, Mr. Hazard sat in a bathtub and in 15 minutes wrote 'Girls Just Want to Have Fun,' a sprightly pop tune covered in 1983 by Cyndi Lauper. Labeled a feminist anthem, it shot to No. 1. Miley Cyrus' remake is included on her new album, Breakout."
songwriting  1980s  music  feminism  obituaries  philadelphia  pennsylvania  rock 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Huffington Post: Daniel Holloway: Heath Ledger Cannot Hear You Clap
"'I approve of this exploding cop car/snappy rejoinder/gratuitous nude scene, and I want those around me to know I approve. I will clap now.' You're making a conscious decision to be a jackass."
movies  cinema  film  ritual  obituaries  behavior  social 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Clay Felker, Master of the Magazine | The New West Magazine | New West Network
"It’s a humbling idea for a young journalist, that the real work involves introducing yourself on some doorstep, far from any newsroom, and haltingly asking questions and writing down the answers."
journalism  media  newspapers  magazines  writing  creativity  work  travel  obituaries 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Cornell Capa, Photographer, Is Dead - Obituary (Obit) -
" 'There are two things I wanted to do. I wanted to show the things that needed to be corrected. And I wanted to show the things that needed to be appreciated.’ ”
photography  peace  aesthetics  beauty  art  activism  death  obituaries  journalism 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Madeleine L’Engle, Children’s Writer, Is Dead - New York Times
"Why does anybody tell a story? It does indeed have something to do with faith, faith that the universe has meaning, that our little human lives are not irrelevant, that what we choose or say or do matters, matters cosmically."
story  obituaries  writing  children  fiction  creativity  spirituality 
september 2007 by allaboutgeorge : - Bailey took teacher's advice
"He asked me, 'Should I join the Black Panther Party or go into the newspaper business?' I said, 'It would be better to get that daily newspaper experience and bring the skills you learn out there back to your community.'"
journalism  chaunceybailey  oakland  media  newspapers  obituaries  education 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
IJBS: The Matrix Decoded: Le Nouvel Observateur Interview With Jean Baudrillard
"There are no longer external Omega points or any antagonistic means available in order to analyze the world; there is nothing more than a fascinated adhesion."
obituaries  cinema  criticism  philosophy 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Anna Nicole Smith Dies at 39
“I love the paparazzi. They take pictures, and I just smile away. I’ve always liked attention. I didn’t get it very much growing up, and I always wanted to be, you know, noticed.”
obituary  obituaries  florida  death  celebrity  photography 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Texas Monthly November 2006: Molly Ivins
"You’re going to do journalism on the Internet? Great. But you have the same two problems you always have. First, you have to find out whether or not it’s true, and then you have to put it into a package that’s useful to people."
obituaries  obituary  media  texas  journalism  newspapers  business  corporations  internet 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge
SFGate: British Poet John Heath-Stubbs Dies
"He strongly objected to actors reading poetry, and believed that only poets should read poetry. He made a lot of enemies but that's the nature of the literary world."
poetry  fiction  obituaries  uk  writing  theater 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NNS: Young Iranians Find New Meaning in Ancient Death Rituals
It's out of respect for our family so we do it, but when I go to visit him alone, I feel he knows I'm there. That's when I think I'm actually reaching him again."
death  iran  islam  family  families  ritual  memory  food  obituaries  religion 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Hunter S. Thompson - King of Gonzo!
And a collective groan went through the newsroom ...
obituaries  writing  gonzo 
february 2005 by allaboutgeorge Hunter S. Thompson's "Shotgun Golf with Bill Murray"
"I'm working on a profoundly goofy story here. It's wonderful. I've invented a new sport. It's called Shotgun Golf. We will rule the world with this thing."
obituaries  writing  sports  golf  gonzo 
february 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Appreciations: The Point of Miss Gould's Pencil
"I learned from her neatly inscribed comments that even though I was writing correctly - no syntactical flat tires, no grammatical fender-benders - I was often not really listening to what I was saying."
obituaries  copyediting  language  magazines 
february 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Eleanor Gould Packard Dies at 87; Oversaw the New Yorker's Prose
"Always the arbiter, she added, with amusement, 'I'll have to stage a faked death and come back to correct my obit.'"
obituaries  copyediting  language  magazines 
february 2005 by allaboutgeorge
Wikipedia: Arthur Miller
I'm partial to a line from his play "All My Sons": "Once and for all you must know there's a universe of people outside, and you're responsible to it."
obituaries  drama  theater  playwriting  writing 
february 2005 by allaboutgeorge
The New York Review of Books: Susan Sontag (1933–2004)
Once, after one of those occasions in Town Hall with a panel of writers and the crowd that gathered in the lobby later, a young man came up to her and asked: "What are you noted for?" Her answer: "For the white streak in my black hair."
sontag  obituaries 
february 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Ossie Davis, Actor, Writer and Eloquent Champion of Racial Justice, Dies at 87
"Mr. Smiley asked Mr. Davis how he had prepared himself to deliver eulogies for Malcolm X and for Dr. King. He answered, 'The first thing, I should think, would be to sit quietly for as long as it takes and think long thoughts about the subject.'"
obituaries  black  theater  activism 
february 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Philip Johnson, Elder Statesman of U.S. Architecture, Dies at 98
"I'm only interested in the cutting edge of architecture. Why do I change all the time? I think the world changes its mind faster than I do. I'm just trying to keep up."
obituaries  architecture  aesthetics  cities 
january 2005 by allaboutgeorge
BBC: Marley 're-burial' plans denied
"But we have never ever put out anything saying Bob is going to be exhumed, and returned home, and it is very painful to see something so wonderful is being twisted."
music  caribbean  obituaries  reggae 
january 2005 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: You really have to love life to write about death every day ...
"We loved bad puns. When an accountant or statistician died, his 'number was up.' Innkeepers and hotel workers 'checked out.' We joked about 'the 'fun' in funeral."
obituaries  journalism 
january 2005 by allaboutgeorge
Guardian UK: The risk taker
"I knew there must be loads of people just like me, interested in the same stuff. Otherwise who else was writing these books and drawing these paintings, and who were they doing it for?"
academia  obituaries  usa 
december 2004 by allaboutgeorge
Slate: Requiem for a Cop
"If it's raining and I can't get a cab, sometimes a squad car will come by and they'll say 'Where you going?' I say, 'I don't want to get you guys in trouble.' They say, 'Get in the back. We'll pretend you're under arrest.'"
nyc  obituaries  television 
december 2004 by allaboutgeorge
NY: Susan Sontag's Sept. 11 essay
"'Our country is strong,' we are told again and again. I for one don't find this entirely consoling. Who doubts that America is strong? But that's not all America has to be."
911  obituaries  usa  writing  politics 
december 2004 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: What Derrida Really Meant
"By struggling to find ways to overcome patterns that exclude the differences that make life worth living, he developed a vision that is consistently ethical."
france  identity  obituaries  philosophy  theory 
october 2004 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Christopher Reeve, Another Kind Of Superhero
"We celebrate life, we love life, we tell ourselves life is good. And yet very often when someone dies, we force a smile and whisper, 'You're free.' Whatever the person's pain or rage or thwartedness, it's powerless and gone, never to return."
october 2004 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Geoffrey Beene, Innovator of American Fashion, Dies at 77
"Most designers think of the back and front, which is two dimensional. But Mr. Beene didn't do that. He thought in the round, about the contortions of the body, the spiral of human movement. That's why his seams spiral."
fashion  obituaries  women 
september 2004 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Nigel Nicolson, 87, Bloomsbury Group Biographer and Heir, Dies
"If their marriage is seen as a harbor, their love affairs were mere ports of call. It was to the harbor that each returned; it was there that both were based." What lovely parents he had!
biography  gay  marriage  men  obituaries  women 
september 2004 by allaboutgeorge
Chicago Tribune: Hit Men
"I remember seeing the girl who did [starts singing "Gloria" by Laura Branigan]. She started with it, did it in the middle and ended with it. That would get sickening--three times in one set."
music  obituaries  songwriting 
august 2004 by allaboutgeorge

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