Writer/Editor George Hodgman Dead At 60

I didn’t know him well, but I know many writers with whom he worked over the years at Simon & Schuster and Vanity Fair. And of course I read his wonderful memoir, “Bettyville,” about what it was like for him to leave New York and move back to his small hometown in Missouri to care for his ailing mother. (There is still serious talk of the book being made into a movie starring Shirley Maclaine and Matthew Broderick.) Obituaries of Hodgman so far have not stated a cause of death but the fact is that he took his own life. I did not know him well enough to speculate why; suicide may be logical but it is also often a mystery. Here’s an interview George did with the great Terry Gross for NPR a few years ago. R.I.P., George.

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