As I wait — 12 hours and counting — for photos of a great weekend in Philadelphia to make the journey from iCloud to my desktop (after Doulci helped me to unlock it… again), it’s worth breaking a story out of Twitter and media blogging. This blog has long held fondness for well-written obituaries. Not as much as it used to, as print budget cuts have meant fewer well-written articles circulate, but every once in a while there is a great one. Several of you have emailed me the NYT John Fairfax obit. It is undoubtedly great. Somewhere the piece is inspiring someone to suggest the Times put a book together.
I’m not going to say much more. The links are already out there.
The obit: “John Fairfax, Who Rowed Across Oceans, Dies at 74.”
Gawker: “The Seven Best Lines From ‘Professional Adventurer’ John Fairfax’s Crazy Obit.” You’ll like some, plus others of your own choice.
Gawker: “John Fairfax Loved Hookers: Ten ‘Juicy’ Stories Omitted From His NYT Obit.” They’re good. But the Times didn’t cut too much.
Romenesko: “The story behind ‘the most bad-add obit ever.’ ”
The Post obit that inspired the Times obit, and I would love to know the Post reaction: ” ‘Professional adventurer’ John Fairfax dies at 74.”