Thomas Proctor Lippincott

The year is 1969. Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. have recently been assassinated. Riots have swept many large American cities. And now a vibrant and subversive new music form called Rock n Roll is sweeping the nation and about to have its largest coup yet, a massive muddy marijuana-filled outdoor festival called Woodstock. Read Full Article
Michael Gaspeny

Michael Gaspeny knows secrets. He knows lives. He knows what makes people smile, and what makes them sin. He knows what makes people tick, and what makes them stop ticking, because he is sitting right beside them when it happens. Read Full Article

Shortly after the 2013 death of Paul Walker, our Justin Nobel had the chance to visit with the Guru of Celebrity Death Pools, Kelly Bakst. Kelly is the long-time runner of the Lee Atwater Invitational Dead Pool on With the spate of big-name celebrity deaths so far this year, we thought it would be a good time to catch up with Kelly to get an update on his unique perspective on life, death, and the business of celebrity death pools. Here’s what Kelly had to say. Read Full Article
Decatur Street artist Blue Fletcher

Blue Fletcher, Decatur Street Artist, French Quarter“My name is Blue. I think about death constantly. My husband died last November and we’re coming up on the one year anniversary of him being gone. It was very unexpected. He drank too much and fell asleep right next to me, when I woke up he was dead. Read Full Article

Otis Fennell, Owner of Faubourg Marigny Art & Books, Frenchman Street. “This store was founded in the ‘70s because there were very few sources for gay and lesbian literature in the South, very few in the whole United States. When I walked in here 15 years ago it was a wreck. I took over in 2003. A lot of the books in here are things people don’t see every day, and that’s fine. Read Full Article

Nathan Durapau, 24, Pirate’s Alley artist. “I was born and raised in Mexico. My parents were missionaries and I spent the first 12 years of my life there. We lived in a lot of areas. I was born in Matamoros, which is in the state of Tamaulipas, in the northeast. It’s on the border, a pretty big city. My birthday is Halloween, Read Full Article

Minda Powers-Douglas is passionate about cemeteries. It was her mother who introduced her to the beauty, history, and art that can be found in what she affectionaly refers to as “outdoor museums.” Her appreciation for the treasures tucked among the tombstones carries through in her books. Read Full Article

John Pope was born and raised in New Orleans and has been working at the Times-Picayune since 1973, when the paper was called the States-Item. He has been a copy editor, medical writer and since Katrina, an obituary writer. His poignant tributes to the dead reveal the inner world of a florid, fiery and often very strange populace. Now, Pope has compiled 123 obits (and four funerals) into a book called Getting off at Elysian Fields, to be published this October by University Press of Mississippi. Digital Dying recently spoke with Pope about life, death and the art of the New Orleans obit. Read Full Article
Jared Terrell

For crime novelist, Jaden Terrell, writing about death is a way to confront her own fears. The Nashville-based author has three successful detective novels on the shelf and another landing in bookstores soon. Terrell always dreamed of being a teacher and a writer, but she found it difficult to do both at the same time. Read Full Article
Katharine Lowrie

Katharine Lowrie is founder and owner of Precis (, a service that writes and publishes obituaries. Katharine Lowrie often introduces herself as someone who talks to dead people. It might be a bit more accurate to say she talks about dead people. You see, Ms. Lowrie is a professional obituary writer– a member of the special group of individuals who have the chance to inspire us with the stories of people who otherwise we might never hear about. Read Full Article

New Orleans is a small town, everyone has their favorite local cobbler or po-boy shop and when it comes to funeral bagpipes the go-to woman is a music therapist named Marta Vincent. Read Full Article

In a world where humans regularly live to 120, retirement might occur at 105. Other people might retire at 65 then return to school and prepare for a second more public service-oriented career. “Old age” wouldn’t start until 100. We are presently far from that world, but gerontology, the study of aging and the problems of the aged has become a hot field, and a growing number of gerontologists are working to make sure we get there. Read Full Article
Genivieve Keeney

Genivieve Keeney Visiting the National Museum of Funeral History (NMFH) is a treat. It’s a fun and quirky place that’s filled with unique and well planned displays, all tying back to the funeral business. The day we visited, we were lucky to have the chance to sit down and chat with the museum’s president, Genevieve Keeney. We talked about her thoughts on life and death, the path that brought her to where she is today, and what the future holds for the museum. Read Full Article
Peter Piot

Professor Peter Piot, the Director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine: ‘Around June it became clear to me there was something different about this outbreak. I began to get really worried’ Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP Professor Peter Piot has a long list of accomplishments: Read Full Article
The World's Bravest Undertakers

It is impossible to imagine how difficult it must be to work on the front lines of the Ebola crisis. We see the faces of the medical professionals dealing with the deadly disease on the nightly news so we can identify somewhat with the challenges they face. Read Full Article
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