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Weekend read: The undertaker’s racket



by sjhoward

This is the 2,052nd post. It was published at 12:30 on Friday, 16th August 2013.

I recommend an article I've read and enjoyed every Friday afternoon. You can browse all previous selections here.

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My recommended read this weekend is “The Undertaker’s Racket” written by Jessica Mitford and published in The Atlantic.tic. It’s a very well-written article describing the funeral business in the United States. It’s fascinating, shocking, and intriguing all at once, without ever being ghoulish.

It wasn’t until after I’d finished the article that I realised the date on top of it – this was originally published in 1963. It was written to promote the release of Mitford’s book, The American Way of Death, an exposé of the industry’s practices which caused a huge stir when it was published.

At over fifty years old, I think this may be least timely article I’ve chosen in this series to date, but it’s most definitely worth a read this weekend.

More posts worth reading

Happy birthday, John Snow: you’ve never been so relevant (published 15th March 2015)

Driverless cars, algorithms and the ethics of valuing of human life (published 11th February 2015)

Art of the Renaissance and anatomy (published 6th February 2015)

Another Conservative MP defects to Labour (published 26th June 2007)

Blunkett resigns. Again. (published 2nd November 2005)

We’re not sorry. We’re Labour. (published 29th January 2005)

Medical emergencies at 40,000 feet (published 3rd May 2013)


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