Viola Davis

Obituaries: until you're in them, you should read them

Obituaries: until you're in them, you should read them

Donald Graham, the former chief executive officer and chairman of The Washington Post Company, has said he reads the daily newspaper in the "correct manner," starting with the sports section before going on to serious news. I disagree. The correct place to start reading any newspaper — if you still read one, and you should — is the obituaries section.

The Baltimore Sun's obituaries run in the main news section, just before the op-ed pages, where you are likely reading this now. These newsprint biographies about the dead that land on your doorstep or arrive via computer each morning are filled with wonderful tales of lives lived, personal battles waged, loves lost and...

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