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3 Books You Should Have Read This Year (2014)

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This year we sat down and talked to over 20 authors, one of the highlights being Jackie Collins who, it turns out, has had an even wilder life than her characters. She told us that about 10 years ago, a masked man shoved an Uzi in her face and screamed, "Don't move, b**** or I'll blow your f***ing head off." I imagine her running away, the adrenaline kicking in as she gives a silent cheer, thankful for her survival, but more thankful for the story she'll have for future dinner parties. It's the type of thing that you'd expect to happen to the woman whose [...]

Caitlin Doughty | Smoke Gets in Your Eyes | Author Interview

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“Not being forced to see corpses is a privilege of the developed world.” - Caitlin Doughty, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
While most people want to avoid thinking about death, Caitlin Doughty, author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory made it her life's work. In this behind the scenes look at the funeral industry, Caitlin reveals the strange history and practices of the funeral industry, marveling at the bizarre and wonderful practices from different cultures. Caitlin argues that our fear of dying warps our culture and society, and she calls for better ways of dealing with death (and [...]