That’s what Maggie told the world about her father. What father wouldn’t want his daughter to say that about him?

Lay me down in a wooded field*

Plant a bush above my head Lay me Lay me down Don’t go writing on my grave I’ve said it all before the end Lay me Lay me down

When I’m dead
Please don’t philosophize
Or feel regret
Just remember me when I said
I had one hell of a life
One hell of a life
I had one hell of a life

Throw my ashes to the wind
Watch them blow into the sea
Throw me
Throw me in
You can cry up there on the cliff
Scream to heaven work your grief
Throw me
Throw me in

When I’m dead
Please don’t philosophize
Or feel regret
Just remember me when I said
I had one hell of a life
One hell of a life
I had one hell of a life

Fear and guilt accumulate
At times you’ve a right to deal with it
Maybe
Maybe now
You can live your life under endless weight
Or build it high on the present tense
Maybe
Maybe now

When we’re dead
They won’t philosophize
Or feel regret
They’ll remember us when we said
We had one hell of a life
One hell of a life
We had one hell of a life

Mark Pittman was my brother, and I will never forget him. Nor will I ever be able to repay him for all he did for me, for all he meant to me, for the fire he passed on to me. And as all of you are my witnesses I will carry on in his spirit and do my part to make this world that ideal world that Mark dreamed of. And I’m asking you all to help me. We’re going to have fun doing it. Because, damn it, there is no better reason: Mark Pittman would have wanted us to.

The rest, my friends, is bullshit.


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*“One Hell of a Life’’ by Katell Keineg.

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Dean Starkman Dean Starkman runs The Audit, CJR's business section, and is the author of The Watchdog That Didn't Bark: The Financial Crisis and the Disappearance of Investigative Journalism (Columbia University Press, January 2014). Follow Dean on Twitter: @deanstarkman.