The file cabinet under discussion is the New York Times obituary archive that is featured in a recent documentary film entitled Obit.
This insightful documentary, by filmmaker Vanessa Gould, “examines the strange lives of the journalists who man the death-desk” at the revered “Grey Lady.” According to this post in the New Republic “the practicalities of their workday are the documentary’s best details.” It also reveals their commitment and motivation, not to mention the demands of their unique calling.
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.