Have you ever seen the movie Serendipity? Jeremy Piven’s character writes obituaries for the New York Times. Towards the end of the movie, he writes a letter to his friend the only way he knows how – as an obituary.

It’s hard for me to separate the sad parts of obits from the content, usually, but the movie did a great job of making it sweet instead of sad. There’s a similar theme in one of my favorite books, The History of Love, by Nicole Krauss. The protagonist is sort of constantly thinking about what his obituary will say. But Nicole Krauss manages to make it beautiful instead of heart-wrenching (although there are parts that are that, too).

But never before today have I smiled and almost laughed when I read an obituary for a person that I didn’t even know.

Behold, the best obit EVER.

I was going to pick out my favorite parts, but I’d rather let you do that for yourself. (And thanks to Emily for sharing!)


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  1. Weird, because not only did I read this obit yesterday, I also read extensively about Nicole Krauss and her hubby, Jonathan Safran Foer, their $6.7M Park Slope brownstone, commitment to vegetarianism, and people’s love/hatred of him, known as Schadenfoer.

    I liked History of Love. Now I’m reading Everything is Illuminated (hence the interest in JSF) for my startup book club – of which your bro is a member.

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