This Self-Penned Obituary Is One Of The Best We've Ever Read

Walter George Bruhl Jr., pictured here, died on March 9th of this year. Every line of his death notice, which he wrote himself, is outstanding. » 11/01/14 9:00am 11/01/14 9:00am

What If Disney Villains Received Heartfelt Obituaries?

Sure, we watch Disney villains commit some terrible atrocities over the course of their films, but we tend to be a bit more forgiving when we remember the dead. These obituaries recall the lives of villains from a more sympathetic perspective. » 9/02/14 12:30pm 9/02/14 12:30pm

Family Man Made Great Chili, Discovered Relativity

This weekend, The New York Times published an obituary for Yvonne Brill that began with praise for the acclaimed rocket scientist's "mean beef stroganoff." (An intro that was later removed, without mention.) Today at Last Word on Nothing, Jennie Dusheck responds by imagining how Einstein's obit might have read had it… » 4/01/13 2:40pm 4/01/13 2:40pm

The Oddest Ways People Died in Victorian Times

The Victorian Era may not have had its own version of the Darwin Awards, but thanks to the miracle of newspaper records, we can reflect on the bizarre deaths and disasters of yore. The blog The Baby Died collects morbid clippings from 100 years ago, featuring billiard ball, corset, and umbrella-related demises. » 9/22/12 10:00am 9/22/12 10:00am

R.I.P. Eartha Kitt

Eartha Kitt, who may be the greatest Catwoman of them all, died today aged 81. Even competing with Julie Newmar, she managed to make the role her own and captivate a generation. She'll be missed. » 12/25/08 10:11pm 12/25/08 10:11pm

Death of (Another) Underappreciated Novelist

Sometimes the trashiest, pulpiest cover hides something truly spectacular underneath. Certainly that's the case with UK scifi writer Barrington J. Bayley. Admired by writers as diverse as Bruce Sterling and William S. Burroughs, Bayley wrote that he "oscillate[s] between two immovable positions: an overwhelming belief… » 10/16/08 2:40pm 10/16/08 2:40pm

R.I.P. Algis Budrys, Pioneering Cyber-Novelist And Magazine Editor

I only just found out that pioneering science fiction author and editor Algis Budrys died of cancer on Monday. Budrys is probably best known for his groundbreaking 1977 novel Michaelmas, about a hacker who installs "back doors" in huge government and corporate computers and thus becomes fabulously wealthy by the turn… » 6/11/08 1:08pm 6/11/08 1:08pm

The Master Of Robot Slave Women Is Dead

The father of fembot slaves is dead. Ira Levin's novel The Stepford Wives touched on the gender anxieties of a generation — the men who felt their wives were reneging on their traditional domestic role, and the women who feared their husbands wanted them to be machines. But the most shocking thing about The Stepford… » 11/14/07 9:38am 11/14/07 9:38am