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Who Owns The Dead? (The New Republic)

Originally Published: The New Republic • June 25, 2015

“We didn’t have to get in the car, go to the [funeral parlor] in our fancy clothes, and have our grief in the packaged amount of time,” said Beth Barbeau, 52, one of the death midwife’s clients, who cared for her dead mother, Sharon Bailey, at home for two and a half days before she was cremated in a cardboard casket that Barbeau’s young sons decorated. Read more...

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How (and How Not) to Break Up With a Roommate (TNR.com)

Originally Published: NewRepublic.com • September 16, 2014 

For his first six years in New York City, Ben Grow lived out a particular urban fantasy. He and a group of other classical musicians, several of them friends from college, all found apartments in the same Washington Heights building; at one point, there were nine of them spread across three units. Read more...