Some notable people whose Requiem Masses were said at the cathedral include New York Yankees greats Babe Ruth , Roger Maris , and Billy Martin ; legendary football coach Vince Lombardi , singer Celia Cruz , entertainer and host Ed Sullivan , actor and dancer George M. Cohan , former Attorney General and . Senator from New York Robert F. Kennedy , New York Giants owner Wellington Mara , and former Governor of New York Hugh Carey . Special memorial Masses were also held at the cathedral following the deaths of artist Andy Warhol , baseball player Joe DiMaggio , and noted author William F. Buckley Jr .
Carver has a distinct writing style, a strong, minimalist approach that critics often compare to the writing of Ernest Hemingway and Anton Chekhov. Carver liked to focus on down-and-out, blue-collar, middle-class people facing bleak truths, disappointments, and small revelations in their ordinary lives, all subject matter that places him firmly in the “dirty realism” school of writing. Other dirty realism writers include Bobbie Ann Mason, Ann Beattie, and Richard Ford. Besides the style and subject matter, Carver’s short stories are known for their dialogue, which mimics realistic speech patterns, and their abrupt endings—also called zero endings—that fail to tie up the story neatly, if at all.