Walk Into Lake Michigan Forever, Scott Walker

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker has abandoned his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. He says he has been “called to lead by helping to clear the field,” but he was polling at around half a percent, which is to say that nobody is calling him to lead a goddamn thing. In a just world he would be… »9/21/15 8:48pm9/21/15 8:48pm

RIP Ornette Coleman, Who Confounded Most People And Humbled Us All 

“There is a law in what I’m playing, but that law is a law that when you get tired of it, you can change it.” So said incomparable musical innovator Ornette Coleman, who died this morning at the age of 85, and while his career was full of these kinds of delightfully cryptic remarks, few unpack his special genius so… »6/11/15 2:12pm6/11/15 2:12pm

Eduardo Galeano Has Died; Here Are Excerpts From His Classic Soccer Book

Eduardo Galeano, one of the most beloved writers to ever come from Uruguay and Latin America as a whole, has passed away today at the age of 74 after succumbing to cancer. Galeano was famous for writing about politics and history and war and economics. He also brought the same passion and knowledge that he brought to… »4/13/15 2:18pm4/13/15 2:18pm

Baltimore Is One Step Closer to Being a Zero-Newspaper Town

It's not even possible to get mad at the Baltimore Sun now. The Baltimore Sun is a nursing home where newspapering goes to die, or to sink into terminal urine-soaked frailty and confusion. Yesterday it announced it had received the commitment papers for City Paper, the city's alternative weekly, b. 1977 – d. TK But… »2/21/14 3:36pm2/21/14 3:36pm

Get Me Rewrite! At His Own Funeral, Kaplan Still Gets the Last Word

It takes an extraordinarily brave and clear-eyed writer to compose his own epitaph. Four years ago—four years before his death at age 59—Peter W. Kaplan did. He was speaking to the media reporter for the New York Observer, his media reporter, after he had just told his staff there that he would not be their editor… »12/04/13 11:55am12/04/13 11:55am

Al Neuharth's Scant Positive Journalistic Contributions Were To Sports

Al Neuharth’s obituary in the New York Times was notable as much for what it did say as what it didn’t. What it did say: The founder of USA Today and driving force behind Gannett’s dubious rise to “a communications Leviathan” profoundly changed the newspaper industry. What it didn’t say: Anything much nice. »4/20/13 9:34pm4/20/13 9:34pm

Bob Costas's Eulogy For Stan Musial Was Midwestern Sports Reverence At Its Finest

The gee whiz school of sports coverage has lost ground for years to the aw nuts crowd, largely because fans and media alike don't like playing the patsy to athletes' bogus lore. Lance was doping. Bobby Thomson stole signs. Manti was mourning a photograph with a nice voice. What's the world coming to when you can't… »1/26/13 6:34pm1/26/13 6:34pm

Harry Carey Jr., The Actor Who Gave Us Player In Dugout, Has Died At 91

Harry Carey Jr., an actor best known for his work in Westerns, died Thursday at the age of 91. Like many long-lived character actors of both silver and small screen, he was nothing if not prolific, and it's likely that anyone who watched much TV since the '40s managed to see him at some point, somewhere. »12/29/12 2:00pm12/29/12 2:00pm

Dominique Wilkins Wrote To The Times, Unsolicited, A Touching Tribute To His Late Teammate Dan Roundfield

It's important to note that this New York Times feature isn't about famous people who died this year. It's regular people, with photos and remembrances submitted by their friends and family. And there, barely noticeable between a "devoted wife and mother" and an Egyptian immigrant doctor, is Dan Roundfield, the former… »12/27/12 7:00pm12/27/12 7:00pm

Giants Coordinator Kevin Gilbride Accidentally Murdered His Own Mustache

It's tough to say goodbye to a close friend who suffers an untimely demise. In this case, it's Kevin Gilbride who said sayonara to his mustache, whose departure has now been eulogized somewhat in the New York Times. Of course, it all started with an innocent shave, but it quickly escalated into something much more… »9/14/12 9:15am9/14/12 9:15am

Raise A Pint For The Short, Fat, Drunk, And Dead Darts Legend Jocky Wilson

On this week's excerpt from Slate's Hang Up and Listen podcast, Mike Pesca tells the story of Scottish dartsman Jocky Wilson, who died in March. Wilson dominated the sport in the early 1980s, and spent the rest of his career as a wonderfully larger-than-life sort. Just one line from his obituary in The Guardian: "At… »4/13/12 2:25pm4/13/12 2:25pm