Episode #622

Morgue, Bambi's Mom, Elmore

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Saturday, May 28, 2005

Kurt Andersen and poet and undertaker Thomas Lynch talk about artists, writers, and moviemakers who explore the inevitable. We hear the case of a photographer who was sent to prison for taking pictures of corpses in the Cincinnati morgue. And a movie buff tells us how he came to terms with death through the films of Walt Disney. Plus: Elmore Leonard stops by to talk about the 1930s gangsters who inspired his latest book, The Hot Kid.


Thomas Lynch

Special Guest: Thomas Lynch

Kurt Andersen and poet and undertaker Thomas Lynch talk about artists, writers, and moviemakers who deal with the dead.

Thomas Lynch lives the real Six Feet Under. A poet and a professor of creative writing at the University of Michigan, Lynch runs his family's funeral home in Milford, ...


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Morgue Photographer

Artist Thomas Condon got permission from officials in Cincinnati to take pictures of corpses at the morgue for a personal project. It never occurred to him to get permission from the surviving families of the dead. In the town still shaken by the Robert Mapplethorpe controversy over a decade ago, ...


A Conversation with Elmore Leonard

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