Last Writes

Andrew Sullivan —  Feb 5 2012 @ 10:14am

Harry de Quetteville finds value in the obituary:

As obituaries editor of the Telegraph, I’m often asked if I find my job depressing. … “Obituaries are not about death,” I insist. “They are a celebration of life.” To illustrate my case, nothing more is required than a quick reference to the lives that have crossed my desk that day. How about the chap who traversed the Himalayas in a hovercraft? Or the spy who saved Churchill at the Tehran Conference? Or even the man who provided the voice for the puppet George (a “shy, pink and slightly camp hippopotamus”) on the children's television programme, Rainbow? In the obituary world, all human life is there – every barmy, uplifting scrap of it.