Obituary

Philip Roth, Towering Novelist Who Explored Lust, Jewish Life and America, Dies at 85

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Philip Roth, the prolific, protean, and often blackly comic novelist who was a pre-eminent figure in 20th-century literature, died on Tuesday night at a hospital in Manhattan. He was 85. Charles McGrath The New York Times The cause was congestive heart failure, said the writer Judith Thurman, a close friend. Mr. Roth had homes in Manhattan and Connecticut. In the course of a very long career, Mr. Roth took on many guises — mainly versions of himself — in the ... Read More »

Tom Wolfe elevated journalism into enduring literature

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In 20th-century popular culture, journalists were portrayed as needy hacks desperate to write the Great American Novel. William McKeen The Conversation Journalism was the means to an end that few achieved. But Tom Wolfe, who died May 14 at age 88, helped change that in the 1960s. He was one of the New Journalists, who wrote nonfiction using the techniques of fiction. As an example: Journalists had long been trained to use direct quotations sparingly and to look for money ... Read More »

Who is Asma Jahangir ?

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Known for maintaining a resolute stance in the face of extreme pressure and opposition, Jahangir will be remembered as a champion for the disenfranchised The Indian Express Eminent lawyer and human rights activist Asma Jahangir passed away in Lahore after she suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday, according to Pakistan media. She was 66. “Asma suffered heart attack today morning and she was rushed to Hameed Latif Hospital Lahore where she breathed her last. Doctors tried to save her life ... Read More »

Tony Wright’s column: Life is brief. Pluck the day and share it with friends

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A valued mate is celebrating his 70th birthday next month. He’s been insisting I attend the dinner he is giving to mark this venerable achievement. Tony Wright The Age The thing is that he has taken himself across the world, and is living in the exotic city of Tangier, Morocco. Too far, I figured. Too difficult. Haven’t got the time. Or the spare cash. Dithering, it became easy to offer excuses to myself. And yet. My friend will never have ... Read More »

Celebrated and beloved Age journalist Michael Gordon dies aged 62

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Michael Gordon, a giant of Australian journalism and one of The Age’smost loved, respected and lauded writers, has died at the age of 62. Debbie Cuthbertson The Sydney Morning Herald He is believed to have suffered a heart attack while taking part in an ocean swim at Cowes, on Phillip Island, on Saturday morning. He was pulled from the water and brought to shore shortly before 10.30am. Despite the best efforts of emergency services, who spent more than an hour trying ... Read More »

Tributes pour in for late Kenyan scholar Calestous Juma

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Prominent Kenyan academic Calestous Juma has died in the United States at the age of 64, prompting an outpouring of grief and tributes on social media. AlJazeera “Intellectual giant”, “innovator”, “tireless champion of the world’s poorest” – these are just some of the words used to describe the Harvard University professor after news of his death broke out on Friday. Juma, whose research and writing focused on science and the environment, was a passionate advocate of the role of technological innovation in… Earlier this ... Read More »

RIP Edward Herman, Who Co-Wrote a Book That’s Now More Important Than Ever

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Edward Herman, the co-author (with Noam Chomsky) of Manufacturing Consent, has died. By Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone He was 92. rsn His work has never been more relevant. Manufacturing Consent was a kind of bible of media criticism for a generation of dissident thinkers. The book described with great clarity how the system of private commercial media in America cooperates with state power to generate propaganda. Herman’s work was difficult for many to understand because the nature of the American media, then ... Read More »

Kate Millett obituary

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Radical feminist writer best known for her pioneering 1970 book Sexual Politics Kate Millett, author of the groundbreaking bestseller Sexual Politics, was the feminist who launched the second wave of the women’s liberation movement. Julie Bindel The Guardian Millett, who has died aged 82, developed the theory that for women, the personal is political. The basis of Sexual Politics (1970) was an analysis of patriarchal power. Millett developed the notion that men have institutionalised power over women, and that this ... Read More »

Simone Veil: French politician and Holocaust survivor dies

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The French politician, women’s rights champion and Holocaust survivor Simone Veil has died at the age of 89. BBC Best known in France for her instrumental role in legalising abortion in the 1970s, she went on to serve as the first president of an elected European… Ms Veil, a liberal, later re-entered French politics, returning to the cabinet in the 1990s. President Emmanuel Macron described her as “inspiring” and the… Simone Veil: French… Read More »

Father of abuse victims Anthony Foster

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Tributes are pouring in for Anthony Foster who became a tireless and high-profile advocate for child sexual abuse victims after his daughters were raped by a priest. Melissa Cunningham The Age Mr Foster, 64, died after suffering a stroke on Friday evening. He rose to national prominence after he publicly accused Cardinal George Pell of stalling the family’s compensation claim against the Catholic Church when he… Father of abuse… Read More »

Farewell John Clarke: in an absurd world, we have never needed you more

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It cannot be the final arkle! Surely the inventor of Dave Sorenson, greatest and most persistently injured of farnarklers, will rebuild himself for the next… Robert Phiddian  The Conversation Please tell me this is only the umlaut, and John Clarke will be back for the second… In our more than usually absurd world, we have never needed him… Farewell John Clarke… Read More »

His work for peace is what really matters

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Derry has been moved by many republican funerals through the decades of strife and conflict, but yesterday’s spectacle was bigger than any one tradition. Michael Cliffor Irish Examiner Martin McGuinness was seen off as a favourite son of this intimate city, rather than a republican leader. Divisions fell away… His work for… Read More »

Jannis Kounellis obituary

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Pioneer of the arte povera movement who created spectacular sculptures out of mundane objects Christopher Masters The Guardian Jannis Kounellis, who has died aged 80, made a highly distinctive contribution to one of the most provocative artistic movements in postwar Europe. As a pioneer of arte povera in the late 1960s, he… Jannis Kounellis… Read More »

John Berger, art critic and author, dies aged 90

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Booker-prize-winning author of titles including Ways of Seeing, G and A Painter of our Time had been living in Paris Mark Brown, Arts correspondent The Guardian John Berger, the Booker-prize-winning novelist and visionary writer who helped transform the way a generation looked at and perceived art, has died aged 90. Berger had a… John Berger, art… Read More »

Fidel Castro dead at 90, state television announced

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FORMER Cuban president Fidel Castro has died, Cuban state television has announced. News.com.au The revolutionary icon was aged 90. His brother, President Raul Castro announced… Fidel Castro dead at 90, state television… Read More »

Fidel Castro, Cuba’s leader of revolution, dies at 90

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Fidel Castro, Cuba’s former president and leader of the Communist revolution, has died aged 90, his brother has said. “The commander in chief of the Cuban revolution died at 22:29 hours this evening (03:29 GMT Saturday),” President Raul Castro said. Fidel Castro ruled Cuba as a… Fidel Castro, Cuba’s… Read More »