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A Land Where No One Discusses Death

Interview with a NASCAR Driver

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Death on the Streets of New Orleans

with a futuristic pirate Peter Pan type individual named “You Who”

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Death on the Streets of New Orleans

With A Man Walking Four Cute Dogs

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The Distance Between Art and Death

An Interview with Visual Artist Susan Silas

"If we can avoid thinking about death we do," says NASCAR driver and Hollywood stuntman Stanton Barrett.

I know nothing about NASCAR but when journalist Eric Benson suggested I interview a driver for this blog I agreed it would be fascinating to discover what someone who skirts death every day thinks about the topic. I excitedly shot out an email to the swashbuckling young NASCAR superstar Joey Logano and got the following reply from Team Penske: Read Full Article
Well-known New Orleans socialite Mickey Easterling is the latest example of “extreme embalming”. Apparently the grande dame used to ride around town in a Bentley with a trunk full of iced champagne.

This weekend in New Orleans was Jazz Fest and we know about jazz funerals, but what about 'extreme embalming' funerals? Read Full Article
“This isn’t the first time I have rummaged through someone’s dead stuff on Royal Street before. This lady died and I respect her stuff and I’m going to turn her stuff into something else.”

I found You Who squatting over a row of trash bags on Royal Street, picking through shiny gold and purple streamers, which matched his purple tights and gold star-shaped medallion. Read Full Article
"I guess if I knew it was my last day, I would go to a very fine restaurant and order a very fine bottle of wine and just say goodbye to the people I care about. You can’t tell them goodbye once you are gone."

I found Blaine Dorr walking in the sunshine on Royal Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans with a bright blue sweatshirt and four dogs: T.J., The-O-Dorr, Honey and Tiny. Blaine was my first interviewee in a new Digital Dying project in which I will ask people I meet randomly on the streets of New Orleans a series of questions about death. Read Full Article
"Death is the most profound loss and I experienced that at a very young age," says Susan Silas. "It was also the backdrop, in the form of the Holocaust, of a lot of whispered information that I didn’t fully comprehend as a child."

There is something sacred about taking a walk, seeing the places others have seen, following in the footsteps of another’s journey. Your own images leave your head, new images enter. New sights, new sounds, new thoughts. Read Full Article
"For me the music alchemizes the sadness into beauty," says Armen Ra. Photo by Tim Palen.

I am in a cheap motel in the middle of nowhere and click on a YouTube video. Read Full Article
Sadie Nardini hosts Rock Your Yoga on the Veria Living Network. "What if everyone was looking forward to death," she says. "Would that uncoil a knot in our bellies and allow us to be more free?"

Imagine you are a 13 year-old junior high school student, you don’t feel well so you go to the doctor and are told you have stage IV leukemia and two months to live. Read Full Article
Caitlin Doughty's book "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" will be published by Norton this September.

For her "Ask a Mortician" video series Los Angeles mortician Caitlin Doughty has spoken candidly about topics like cat cremation and whether or not corpses soil themselves after death (the answer is yes), this September Norton will publish her much-awaited book, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes. Read Full Article
My grandfather, my sister, my younger brother, myself and my grandmother.

There are two things I will always remember about my grandmother’s death. One is the way her arms and legs chilled immediately but her forehead remained warm for hours. Her brain, I realized, was an engine that had been running for 94 years and only slowly was winding down. The other was this thought: Could she have known she was going to die that day? Read Full Article
The Hellstrom Chronicle features a fictitious narrator named Dr. Nils Hellstrom who believes insects will ultimately win the fight for survival on planet Earth. The film won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature in 1971.

The Oscars are coming up and few who saw the film will likely be surprised that The Act of Killing has been nominated for Best Documentary Feature. The film depicts the Indonesian genocide of the 1960s but rather than focus on the victims follows the murderers themselves. Read Full Article
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