Caitlin Doughty – Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
Late Night Conversation, hosted by Candace Opper
This week Candace talks with Caitlin Doughty, Los Angeles-based mortician, founder of The Order of the Good Death, and author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons From the Crematory. Candace and Caitlin discuss the transition from blogging to writing a book, the legacy of the literary “death” genre, and the crafty way Caitlin balances the thin line between humor and vulgarity.
There’s not dead baby jokes in the sense of the traditional form of the dead baby joke. The joke is supposed to be about how I was this 23-year-old sort of bumbling around being like, ‘What am I supposed to do with dead babies? This is something I’ve never experienced and I’m trying and I’m failing and I’m not doing this right.’ That’s where the humor is supposed to be.
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About our Guest:
Caitlin Doughty is a licensed mortician and the host and creator of the “Ask a Mortician” web series. She founded the death acceptance collective The Order of the Good Death and cofounded Death Salon. She lives in Los Angeles.
About our Guest Host:
Candace Opper lives and writes in Portland, Oregon. Her work has appeared in Guernica, Brevity, Bitch Magazine, and various publications put forth by the American Association of Suicidology. She is currently at work on a book about suicide and the ways we give it meaning.