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Caitlin Doughty: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
Sunday, May 24 2015
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Philharmonia Studio, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
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As a death professional and star of the cult hit YouTube series, Ask a Mortician Caitlin Doughty is a skilled practitioner in flouting taboos. Her New York Times bestselling memoir Smoke Gets In Your Eyes chronicles her fixation with mortality and the highs and lows of working at a crematorium. It’s a coming-of-age story, with a dash of eventual oblivion thrown in. Caitlin speaks to Linda Jaivin about turning a morbid curiosity into her life’s work, and why it’s so important to face fear with frankness.
Supported by BWM Dentsu
Caitlin Doughty (International)
Caitlin Doughty is a mortician and the host and creator of the popular Ask a Mortician web series. She founded the death acceptance collective The Order of the Good Death and co-founded Death Salon. Caitlin’s first book, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematorium, is a New York Times bestseller. She frequently gives talks on the history of death culture, rituals and the funeral industry. She lives in Los Angeles and has recently opened the funeral home Undertaking LA.
Linda Jaivin is the author of eleven books, including seven novels. She is also an essayist, cultural commentator, playwright, and literary translator from Chinese with a specialty in film subtitling. Her novel The Infernal Optimist, about immigration detention, was short-listed for the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal. Her most recent books are the travel companion Beijing, the novel The Empress Lover and the Quarterly Essay Found in Translation: In Praise of a Plural World. She lives in Sydney.