By Dennis Abrams
Author Colleen McCullough died on January 29 at the age of 77. She was a trained neuropsychologist. She was a best-selling author whose book, The Thorn Birds, sold 30 million copies worldwide.
Yet in her home country of Australia, the newspaper The Australian opened its obituary with this:
“Australia’s bestselling author was a charmer. Plain of feature, and certainly overweight, she was nevertheless a woman of wit and warmth.”
Let me repeat that: “Plain of feature, and certainly overweight, she was nevertheless a woman of wit and warmth.”
Not surprisingly, her friends and comrades in the literary world took to Twitter under the hashtag #myozobituary to mock the obituary.
What exactly does a woman have to accomplish in her life in order to not be immediately judged on weight and appearance?
A few of selected tweets: