Kathleen Horan on Audible’s Mortal City.

Audible’s Mortal City Is an Ode to Obituaries

Audible’s Mortal City Is an Ode to Obituaries

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Oct. 23 2017 8:49 PM

A Show for Mere Mortals

What if you got to read your own obituary? That’s kind of what Audible’s Mortal City is going for.

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Kathleen Horan is the host of Mortal City, the Audible original series.

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Kathleen Horan writes obituaries for the living. Her Audible original series, Mortal City, is an anthology of lesser-known New York characters: Douglas the sanitation worker, Serge the barman, Rocky the ambulance commandant. “I just kept feeling like there were people that I was missing,” says Horan. She prefers to talk to people who live and work on the city’s margins: “They just can’t help but show you higher up on the thigh of their story.”

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.