Private: Magazine of death

Russ Smith, in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, argued that a magazine publisher looking to recover from the recession should eschew “scantily clad women and dumbed-down articles” and launch a new magazine devoted to obituaries.

“In many cases, people over 40 turn to the day’s obituaries first,” he says, “not only for morbid fascination, but because they recognize the names of famous men and women or, on a local level, neighbors and friends.” (Link via Gawker.)

A Romanesko reader points to his own self-published magazine, GoodBye!, which is “temporarily on hiatus while [he adjusts] to [his] new position as obits editor of the NY Sun. But GoodBye! will rise again.”