Tuesday, April 24, 2007

If you want a good obit, be a journalist

First of all, I respect David Halberstam's work. And he deserved every
word of praise he recieved today.

But an observation: his obit today in the Times is amazing. Presidents
don't get this kind of love. Much the way that getting a good table or a
tough reservation in a popular restaurant in NYC can require that you be
either a famous heart surgeon or a busboy in that restaurant-- If having a
good obit is important to you, consider a career in journalism.

"Tall, square-jawed and graced with an imposing voice so deep that it seemed to begin at his ankles, Mr. Halberstam came into his own as a journalist in the early 1960s covering the nascent American war in South Vietnam for The New York Times."