Saturday, February 28, 2009

Economist obituary: Christopher Nolan

The photograph accompanying Christopher Nelson's obituary shows a young Nolan with his mother by his side, his father smiling in the background.

I wonder how the heck they got that photograph.

Nolan asphyxiated when eating, a complication of his severe cerebral palsy.

The Economist tells the story of an author and poet with a terrible disability and remarkable parents (and, I suspect, friends and family too). The obituary doesn't mention that he inspired a U2 song.

It's a memorable story, remarkably written. The Economist saves its best writing for the last page, and some nameless wordsmith wrote their heart out to get this one done.

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