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Two days after the World Trade Centre attacks, the New York Times embarked on an extraordinary project: it committed itself to run thumbnail obituaries of every person who had died in the disaster. Four months on, “A Portrait of Grief” is still going: once or twice a week, among the news and the politics, there are ten or more little memorials to people most of whom would not normally merit an obituary. People like “Simon Madison: kept his British habits” (he carried a pot of Marmite with him) or “Marie Pappalardo: protector of cats,” or “Fania Rapoport: a grateful refugee.”

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