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Mourning Remembrance: A Collection of Mocking Obituaries Ripped from the Deadlin
By Jim Earl, 272 pgs.

By Kurt Morris
Tuesday, September 11 2012

This book is a series of fake obituaries for random notables, including Steve Jobs, Robert Moog, Aaron Spelling, and many other lesser-known figures. Each is only approximately a page or two long. Itís my impression that this book is supposed to be humorous, but Iím not really getting it. The short passages were usually poking fun at the (made-up) way the person had died, often ironically, with relation to whatever it was they were known for. I occasionally chuckled at a few of these, but, for the most part, I didnít really get it. Itís kind of weird, though, because Earl used to write for The Daily Show and won an Emmy for it, so one would expect there to be more humor here.

And itís not as though I have any problems with jokes about death. I find it to be a hilarious thing most of the time. But these obits just werenít funny. Whoís to say why one person laughs at one thing and another person doesnít? Earl is definitely considered by some to be rather humorousóhe has the track record to show that. But even with a foreword by Marc Maron and an afterward by Rachel Maddow, I didnít find there was enough humor in this book to make it worth my time. ĖKurt Morris (Jim Earl, 1621 Ĺ Grafton St., LA, CA 90026)



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