“Death is the occasion of the obituary, but not its content. You are trying to bring someone back to life.” observes MARILYN JOHNSON, author of “The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and The Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries.” In this live-drawing by FLASH ROSENBERG, Johnson discusses the humor, challenges and rewards of obituary writing with colleagues, ANN WROE co-author of "The Economist Book of Obituaries" and DANIEL OKRENT of “The New York Times.”

~ Conversation Portrait by Flash Rosenberg ~
Artist-in-Residence, LIVE from the New York Public Library
~ ideas drawn as they are discussed LIVE, in real-time ~

LIVE from the NYPL presents Dead from the NYPL:
The Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries with Ann Wroe, Marilyn Johnson and Daniel Okrent in conversation with Paul Holdengräber"

executive producers: Ron Qurashi, Diane Charles
- for Intelligent Life Productions
sponsor: Lexus and L/Studio.com
- for Team One Advertising: Chris Graves
- for Lexus:Robin Pisz
live-drawing and direction: Flash Rosenberg
video editor: Sarah Lohman
theme music: Ken Rosenberg
The New York Public Library, nypl.org/live

© Flash Rosenberg 2010

PAUL HOLDENGRÄBER is the Director of Public Programs - now known as "LIVE from the NYPL."

This conversation occurred on October 27, 2008.

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