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The Internet’s Brilliant Reaction to a Sexist Obituary

Colleen McCullough fans do justice to the author who was unfairly memorialized by The Australian.

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Best-selling Australian writer Colleen McCullough died Thursday at 77 years old. McCullough was best known for her novel The Thorn Birds, which sold 30 million copies around the world to date, and has never gone out of print. Notably, McCullough also earned her degree in neuroscience at the University of Sydney.

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In Praise of the Goofy Obituary

A Minnesota man facing a terminal brain tumor worked with his wife to get the ultimate last laugh

It’s not every day an obituary goes viral. But for Aaron Joseph Purmort, who passed away last Tuesday, that seems like a pretty fitting remembrance. Purmort and his wife Nora had been both incredibly open and incredibly humorous about the brain tumor diagnosis Purmort received in 2011, just a short time after he began dating Nora. The poignant tale of the couple’s past three years—which included seizures on Halloween, a rushed wedding a few weeks later, chemotherapy, brain surgery, the birth of their son Ralph, and a recurrence of the tumor—was chronicled by Nora on her Tumblr page. A Minneapolis news station did a segment on the local couple’s meet-cute story, noting how they followed each other on Facebook and Twitter before meeting in person. Their wedding was streamed live.

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Gore Vidal Head to Head With William Buckley in 1968 on Live TV

He set out as a young World War II veteran to live by his pen, his wit, and his mouth.

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Though Gore Vidal drifted into the outer lands of punditry after 9/11, suggesting that George W. Bush had colluded with the terrorists, he was an intellectual iconoclast and a writer of baffling output. He said he wanted to be remembered as "the person who wrote the best sentences of his time." After serving in World War II, he set out to live by his pen and his wit.

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