Ideas issue of the New York Times Magazine, December 2006
Ideas issue of the New York Times Magazine, December 2006
by Scott Snyder, The Believer, June 2006
by Charles D'Ambrosio, The Believer, May 2006
Ideas issue of the New York Times Magazine, December 2005
Salon.com, February 2002 (core member of Surrealist movement, painter, poet, wife of Max Ernst and author of Between Lives: An Artist and Her World)
The New York Times Magazine, August 2001 (actor and playwright)
Time Out New York, January 1997 (on publicaton of A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again)

Questions For Thomas Lynch

By John Glassie
(New York Times Magazine, June 1997)

Thomas Lynch, a mortician and poet from Milford, Mich., is the author of The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade.

Q: As undertaker, poet and essayist, you deal with both body and soul. Any thoughts on the afterlife question?

A: I don't have a clue. The resurrection rate around here is really tiny. Those people who see tunnels of light and so on didn't come back from the dead -- they just went beyond our ability to measure their vital signs. Because ''dead'' is what you are when you don't come back.

Q: You work in the same county as Jack Kervorkian. What's your take on assisted suicide?

A: I'm a believer in the slippery slope argument. Once you declare assistance in suicide a right, then you have to extend it to all Americans -- not just sick ones. The problem with ''assisted suicide'' is that it's like ''assisted masturbation.'' It's a relationship. With a suicide, there's only one person in the room. If there's somebody assisting you, they call that an execution.