On October 12, I had the pleasure of finally meeting my favorite mortician, Caitlin Doughty. It was a signing for her second published work, From Here to Eternity: Travelling the World to Find the Good Death hosted by distinguished D.C. bookstore Politics and Prose. The same humor and charisma that makes Doughty’s “Ask a Mortician” YouTube series so successful lends itself well to writing and book promotion, delighting her audience and readers. When I first covered Doughty in an interview and book review in 2014, I called her a death geek to highlight her relevance to our site. Now it’s increasingly clear that no stretch of the imagination is needed to show that the good death movement and feminist movement are intertwined. Continue reading From Here to Eternity by Caitlin Doughty: Review and Signing Experience
Happy Mother’s Day to all the geeky moms passing down science fiction and cosplay creativity to the next generation! There’s one mom in particular I want to spotlight today: Mine. Debbie Farber is the mother of not one, but two Geekette writers, and she is the most voracious reader I know. According to Goodreads, she has read 688 books, but I know she’s read way more than that. Often, when my friends visit her house, they leave with books. She’s always reading and recommending these great little books that everyone loves. One of the coolest things about my mom is that people (total strangers) often “like” and comment on her reviews. She writes really accurate, descriptive, and fair reviews of everything she reads, and shares her opinions with family and friends. I’d like to share some of the books she loves with Daily Geekette readers.
Here are a handful of reviews of books she’s recently recommended to me: Continue reading Geekette Mom Book Reviews
Caitlin Doughty is a death geek. She has devoted her life to promoting death-positivity, a healthier view towards death than is currently embraced by our society at large. By her view, we should accept death as a part of life and stop treating it as the source of all evil or even worse, as a taboo. Her debut book gives a behind-the-scenes look at her work as a mortician, perhaps in more detail than you ever wanted to know, but her frank and honest depiction of death conveys an important message to a society that too often ignores and hides from it. Continue reading Smoke Gets in Your Eyes – a Review and Interview with Caitlin Doughty