{300 WORDS OR LESS}

Ever written an obituary? Yeah, neither had D.S. Moss. In this episode, Moss is asked to write a memorial to his grandfather with the challenge of a limited word count. How do you capture a person’s life in two paragraphs? And, what exactly is the purpose of an obit? Is it a matter of record or a legacy statement? To make it even more awkward, his grandfather is actually still alive and will be proofreading. Worried he’ll fuck it up, Moss enlists a professional NY Times journalist to help write his first obituary.   


GEORGE RICHARD MOSS

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George Richard Moss, is baddest mofo in this here galaxy.

PAUL VITELLO

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Paul Vitello is is an American journalist who has been writing for a variety of publications since 1972. He wrote an award-winning news column for Newsday from 1982 to 2005. He currently writes for the religion and obituary sections of The New York Times and is a lecturer at Stony Brook University's School of Journalism.

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Music Attribution

Into the Forest of the Fall (Evgeny Teilor) / CC BY-NC 4.0 US
Way Out of This (Evgeny Teilor) / CC BY-NC 4.0 US
Don’t Leave the Door Open (Evgeny Teilor) / CC BY-NC 4.0 US
Where’s Amy (Evgeny Teilor) / CC BY-NC 4.0 US
O Cérebro do Morto (Dr. Frankenstein) / CC BY-NC-ND 3.0