exordia

"How are we to help those who die and those who have died?" --
Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

"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"

Boris Strugatsky

Science-fiction writer whose stories skewered contemporary Soviet life -- via the New York Times. His stoy "Roadside Picnic" was later adapted into Andrei Tarkovsky's great 1979 film "Stalker."