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Dudley Clendinen, journalist who urged a dialogue on dying; at 67
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He was Clendinen covered politics, the New South, health care and the great kaleidoscope of topics that fall to a versatile journalist. He was a reporter for The St. And he wrote of gay life in America — the wretchedness of discrimination and the struggles for acceptance in religion, workplaces and professions. Since November , when he learned of his condition and was told he had 18 to 36 months left, he had discussed the end of his life in writing, lectures and radio and television appearances despite failing muscles, shortness of breath and slurred speech. In the essay, Mr. Clendinen challenged Americans to open a dialogue on dying.
Clendinen was kind enough to take the time — a commodity that has become precious to him — to talk with us about his essay. When did you know you wanted to tell this story? It takes a little backstory. I was born with certain genes. My parents were writers.
My eulogy for him is posted in the previous blog. Several noteworthy events converged randomly and serendipitously, just as Dudley would have relished. Sadly, he did not quite make it to the show in Baltimore of the forthcoming film from Fox Searchlight, Beasts of the Southern Wild. Jed Dietz of the Maryland Film Festival worked diligently to arrange a closed screening while Dudley was still alive, because Dudley was so delighted for his young cousin Lucy Alibar , co-screenwriter of the film based on her stage play. Advance reviews are stunning, as Beasts has captured top prizes at both Sundance and Cannes.