While surfing the net randomly, I found this The Economist's obituary for their Obituaries editor, who apparently kicked the bucket sometime in early July 2010. Nothing special about that: we all, sooner or later, kick it.
But what's bizarre about this one is how it's written. The deceased, a Mr. Keith Colquhoun, is described like an amicable, knowledgeable, old-fashioned uncle who wrote passionate books and was capable of tremendous wit.
Or was he? When you start reading lines like:
"He loved Asia, though his view of it was really that of a 19th-century colonial administrator"
"Those disarmed by his gentleness could never quite forget that in Keith's world guns would be suddenly drawn, blood spilt on the carpet and bullets lodged in a desk, 'reducing its value a little should it ever come to auction'"
followed by the fact that he sounded stubborn and anal-retentive about his choice of the weekly Obituary candidate, you do start to wonder whether it's you that's not brilliant enough to get the tip-to-the-hat wit The Economist is famous for as a tribute to a brilliant editor or, the fact that, to quote a quote in the very same obituary,
"Hunting around for something not too brutal to say [...] now that he is dead, those who knew him have remarked on his charm. The English language is helpful with the evasive word."
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