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Saturday, January 20, 2007

The First Last Word

Humorist Art Buchwald stars in the first episode of "The Last Word." Too bad he didn't live to see it.

"Hi, I'm Art Buchwald and I just died," the late columnist says on the video posted this morning on nytimes.com, just minutes after his death was made public. The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer then goes on to discuss his life with reporter Tim Weiner, in an unusual embargoed interview conducted last July.

The interview is the first in a series of obituary chats the paper's Web site is planning to run, titled "The Last Word."
"It occurred to me that we ought to revive the tradition here of interviewing people whose deaths are likely to be Page One news for their obituaries," Weiner said. "And do it in high definition video." [Link]

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