By Lidia Abraha and Michal Stein
Toronto Star reporter Jennifer Yang talks about her feature, “Who are the Golden Girls of Prospect Cemetery and why did they decide to spend eternity together?” and Amy Padnani and Veronica Chambers from the New York Times talk about their obit project, “Overlooked.”
“Overlooked” is a space for obituaries for people who never received a New York Times obit when they died — people like Charlotte Bronte and Sylvia Plath. For Black History Month, they’re putting together a special edition of “Overlooked” that highlights the lives of Black people who did not receive a New York Times obit, like Scott Joplin, the pianist who composed the classic ragtime song, “The Entertainer.”
Thanks to On Being for letting us use a clip from Krista Tippett’s interview with Maira Kalman.
Pull Quotes is produced by Lidia Abraha and Michal Stein. Jordan Currie contributed to Pull Quotes this week. Sonya Fatah is our Executive Producer. Thanks to Angela Glover and Lindsay Hanna for technical support.
Jennifer Yang is the identities and inequality reporter at the Toronto Star.
Amy Padnani is the digital obituaries editor at the New York Times.
Veronica Chambers is the archival storytelling editor at the New York Times.
Why most obits are still of white men (NYT)
How an obits project on overlooked was born (NYT)
Daily Things to Fall in Love With — a conversation with Maira Kalman (On Being)
Who are the Golden Girls of Prospect Cemetery and why did they decide to spend eternity together? (Toronto Star)
Overlooked—Black History Month edition (NYT)
Why I quit entertainment journalism (NOW Magazine)