George Hesselberg Dead Lines

On the left is George Hesselberg wearing glasses and a checked shirt and on the right is the cover of his new book Dead Lines Slices of Life from the Obit Beat with a stack of bound newspapers on the cover.

When I was speaking with George Hesselberg last week about his terrific new book, I mentioned how a favorite line of Jim Harrison’s poetry might have been a fitting epigram: “Death steals everything except our stories.” Although we were on the phone, I could sense Hesselberg rolling his eyes.

“A perfect line,” he said. “And if you had told it to me three years ago, I could have used it.”

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Doug Moe is Madison Magazine's award-winning columnist, long-time contributing writer and former editor. He writes Madison Magazine's monthly print column and semi-weekly award-winning blog, both called Doug Moe's Madison. He has also written numerous critically-acclaimed nonfiction books and thousands of newspaper columns and magazine articles over the past 40 years.