Okay. It's odd. Maybe a little out of the ordinary. But obviously, I'm not the only one in the world who likes to read obituaries. There are others among us, perhaps even oodles of them, so don't visit your opprobrium on me just because I admit it in public.
Here's the fascinating thing for me. Each obituary is a quick snapshot of an entire life, birth to death, in chronological order. It offers what we can never achieve with regard to our own lives: perspective. Oh!, it says. Here's the overview, as seen from Mount Olympus. Here's what that person's life MEANT. It's the authorial point of view, as it were, applied to real people. To me, it's no wonder that people who are addicted to reading fiction might also be addicted to reading obituaries. It's all an exploration of the human condition and the fingerprints that Fate leaves on each of our lives.