An evening with Mortal City at the Reimagine End of Life festival


Kathleen Horan has always been interested in the death of things, covering the endings of people and places as a journalist, and in an earlier life, creating a site for obituaries of dead love affairs called Relationship Obit that inspired a book. But given the millions of people surrounding us in New York whose stories we miss while we’re alive and well, she became interested in profiling the “pre-dead.” Treating her character studies of extraordinary, yet ordinary New Yorkers like obituaries for the living was the genesis of her Mortal City podcast for Audible. Now it’s the subject of her event on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at KGB’s Red Room as part of the first-ever Reimagine End of Life festival, “a week exploring big questions about life and death.” In the midst of a week in which we’re conjuring spirits, Horan is celebrating impermanence and the lives of people who you should really meet in the flesh. There will be taped recordings of interviews and live conversations “with a few seminal figures of the pre-dead,” which may include you, as she’ll also invite members of the audience to weigh in. The event is free (aside from KGB’s two-drink cover) and starts at 7pm. RSVP for “Obituaries for the living from the city you’re missing” here.

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