Lost rites

Godless funerals
Having read Selwa Roosevelt’s review in the Washington Post weekly edition (June 20-26), I intend to read Being Dead Is No Excuse: The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral (Miramax, $19.95). It’s a spoof on various denominational approaches to funerals. Episcopalians are “sensitive enough to know that simply being dead doesn’t mean you no longer care about social status.” If you are an Episcopalian and in Alcoholics Anonymous, you are assured a large crowd at your funeral.

Hymns? “O God, Our Help in Ages Past” always works. But “Battle Hymn of the Republic” does not work down in the Delta. The authors “warn against ‘On Eagles Wings,’ whose popularity ‘has spread like kudzu.’” It has.


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