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01 February 2015 @ 07:21 am
A few days ago, The Australian, a Murdoch rag, published an obituary for Colleen McCullough, suggesting that her mega-selling The Thorn Birds, the hugely successful miniseries based on it, and the widely beloved Roman history series she followed it with were less important than her appearance. That inspired a hashtag frenzy, with people suggesting their own obits. File 770 offers a selection of the best. (I suggest clicking the link near the end.)
browngirl on February 1st, 2015 01:23 pm (UTC)
I can't believe I never realized The Thorn Birds and The First Man in Rome were by the same Colleen McCullough, especially not now when I consider how well rooted in their settings, in similar ways, both works are.

Also, these obituaries are beautiful.
don_fitch on February 1st, 2015 01:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks for commending that near-the-end link -- a couple of the items presented were really great. On the whole, though, I've been most impressed by the number of men who have taken up on this and posted self-obituaries. I remember the days when very few would have paid any attention to something like this.

Mind you, I think the name of the Editor who decided to publish that obituary (written some years ago, by a person who has since died, I understand) ought to accompany many presentations of this Event.

"G. K. Chesterton,
who was fat and ugly,
also wrote some memorable things"

Kalimac: puzzlekalimac on February 1st, 2015 04:06 pm (UTC)
Yes, the WP ones for historical figures are the best.