Licensed mortician Caitlin Doughty wants to change the way you think about death. Her new book Smoke Gets in Your Eyes was just published and is an instant New York Times bestseller debuting at #14 on the nonfiction list in its first week on bookstore shelves.
We just posted an excerpt on Medium so you can see what all the noise is about. In this perfect weekend longread, Caitlin takes you for an enlightening ride-along in a body transport van. While making house calls throughout San Francisco she sheds a much-needed light on what happens to the bodies of the 2.5 million people that die in the US every year.
Do you guys like stories (and writers) that are funny and grotesque and earthy and ultimately, sincerely, compassionate and beautiful? Do you like Seasonal Reads? Of course you fucking do. Crack open a pumpkin beer (although probably do not get a snack) and read Smoke Gets In Your Eyes. You are going to love it. It is by Caitlin Doughty, aka Ask A Mortician, and it is nominally a memoir, but it is about the way that we die, and the relationship we have with death, and how fucked up it is, and how much better it could be. I am not usually a Sandman Girl, but if Death wrote a book it would be very much like this one and everybody would get to read it at least once, in whatever language comforted them most.
In the deep trenches of book blogging, where opinions fly faster than daggers and waiting for sequels drives book-lovers insane, there appeared a new group. Headed by their crazy leader bookphile (who insisted on calling herself Supreme Overlord), these amazing book bloggers bravely took up the name Bookphiles. Here are the books these intrepid soldiers think you should all read on All Hallows Day. Be brave, read on, never forget the page number.
-Supreme Overlord, Bookphile.
This is a brilliant list!
"beware this book may not be for you" GET OUT.
House of Leaves, all day every day
appreciate brown eyes more bc the people with brown eyes are grown up forcing to believe fuckin blue and green and grey are beautiful and either detest or get incredibly happy when someone compliments their eye color stop letting this happen
there are people with brown eyes reblogging this and theyre talking about still being sad with their eye color and this is exactly why we need hype about brown eyes
can i just say, yes The Giver movie was disappointing but I was so glad it gave the “special” people a birthmark instead of having them all blue-eyed like in the book. because I love that book to death, but that was some kind of racist shit right there. teaching brown-eyed kids they can’t ever be the special one, the hero of the story, no matter what they do.
Just in case y’all thought this was some beautiful Elvish poetry or something, this is actually the Black Speech inscription on the One Ring. Course for some that may be a selling point! (Real life application of learning Tengwar: finally encountered!)
/ I NEED THIS MORE THAN I NEED LIFE!
straight women who casually use the word “girlfriend” to refer to their platonic lady friends, i have nothing against you, but you make the world really confusing,
I love this because it means that just a little, heteronormativity has decreased
Promotional posters for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. For more information, including bios (!) of the people supposedly featured, go here. (I know these are already all over tumblr but for my own enjoyment I wanted to see them all in one photoset.)
_ Am I dreaming?
_ Ha..no.. why?
_ ’ sure feels like it.
_ You’re gorgeous.
_ You’re going to hurt yourself on these rocks
"you’re only watching that show because it has a gay character in it"
ah yes, i better avoid watching any shows with gay characters in it so i don’t uphold stereotypes of people wanting to see people like them represented in media, what a terrible and harmful thing to do
well if your people had deigned to occasionally include my people in your media when I was growing up, then I wouldn’t be desperately clinging to every scrap I can get