2016 will very likely be remembered as the year of the Dead Celebrity. Prince was certainly a tough death for Death Ref. And yet, a…
Death + Art / Architecture
May 22, 2016
It’s World Goth Day! So dark so dark inside…..
August 18, 2014
Photos: See The AIDS Quilt On Governors Island Gothamist (August 12, 2014) On Monday and Tuesday of last week, a portion of the AIDS Memorial…
August 7, 2014
See the AIDS Quilt in NYC for First Time in a Decade Irene Plagianos, DNAInfo New York (August 6, 2014) In an unexpected turn of…
July 29, 2014
Morbid Anatomy Museum 424A 3rd Ave Brooklyn, NY 11215 During the month of August, I will be the Scholar in Residence at the Morbid Anatomy…
July 23, 2014
Professor Bellows Photography Mall of America, Minneapolis, MN (USA) In summer 2006, Argentinian artist Ana Lois-Borzi and I collaborated on a postmortem photography project. Ana…
July 9, 2014
Nothing Focuses The Mind Like The Ultimate Deadline: Death A Swedish inventor came up with a wristwatch that counts down the seconds left in your…
December 22, 2013
Gravity (2013) IMBD (December 22, 2013) Do not read this Death Ref post if you have not seen the film Gravity and would rather…
August 25, 2013
On the Death and Burial of Cock Robin
Guest Post by John Troyer, Centre for Death and Society, Bath University (August 23, 2013)
Death Ref’s good friend Joanna Ebenstein, who runs the Morbid Anatomy blog and benevolent empire in Brooklyn, NY, asked me if I would write a guest blog post for her new book on the 19th century British taxidermist Walter Potter. If you don’t know Walter Potter’s work, but like taxidermy, then you really must look him up. Joanna and Walter Potter expert Pat Morris have put together a new book called Walter Potter’s Curious World of Taxidermy.
Walter Potter is known (and a little infamous, in a late-Victorian kind of way) for his anthropomorphic taxidermy in which dead kittens (for example) have a tea party. There is significantly more to say about all of Potter’s taxidermy work, but I focused on a personal favourite The Death and Burial of Cock Robin.
Please check it out!
On the Death and Burial of Cock Robin Guest Post by John Troyer, Centre for Death and Society, Bath University (August 23, 2013) Death Ref’s…
July 29, 2012
Tattoos Replacing Medical-Alert Bracelets for Those with Diabetes, Other Ailments Aisling Swift, Scripps Howard News Service Ladies and Gentlemen. Dearest Death Reference Desk Readers. Lovers…
July 7, 2012
The Future Cemetery Project is sneaking up behind you. Right now. You. I. We all know that death is the future Follow the Future Cemetery…
June 17, 2012
Medical Alert Tattoo Replaces Bracelet on Type 1 Diabetic Susan Kreimer, AARP Bulletin (June 6, 2012) Medical Alert Tattoos. This is my new favorite tattooing…