"By writing or reading obituaries, we can discover ways to make our time on earth more worthwhile, more productive, more meaningful to others."
Alana Baranick, "Life on the Death Beat"

"'I always read the obituaries in The Times,' I explained to her. 'They make me bloody glad to be alive.'"
John Mortimer, "Rumpole's Return"

John Steane

Musicologist and music writer -- via the Guardian. An expert on opera and vocal music, he wrote extensively on these topics -- most importantly, he did so in an engaging and lively manner.