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Tampa native and journalist Dudley Clendinen subject of a Tampa Theatre documentary

Author Dudley Clendinen, for 2008 Festival of Reading

Author Dudley Clendinen, for 2008 Festival of Reading

Tampa native and journalist Dudley Clendinen, a compassionate writer on gay rights, aging and terminal illness, is the subject of a documentary being screened free of charge 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Tampa Theatre. Stewart Lippe's A Good Short Life chronicles Clendinen's final personal chapter, working on a memoir about living and dying with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (aka ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease). "We obsess in this country about how to eat and dress and drink, about finding a job and a mate," Clendinen once wrote. "... But we don't talk about how to die. We act as if facing death weren't one of life's greatest, most absorbing thrills and challenges. Believe me, it is. This is not dull." Clendinen, 67, died of ALS in 2012, nearly a year after Tampa Bay Times book critic Colette Bancroft profiled the author and art collector, whose career included journalism for the Times and the New York Times. A Good Short Life will be introduced by Kim Hanna, president of Florida's chapter of the ALS Association. Lippe, a Tampa filmmaker, will conduct a Q&A session after the screening. — Steve Persall, Times movie critic

Tampa native and journalist Dudley Clendinen subject of a Tampa Theatre documentary 06/03/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 1:13pm]

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