Wanna See a Famous Skull?

I used to think that NPR was a little over-the-top with their fundraising drives, but at least they never offered to show me a dead body if I donated enough cash. Some… 

April 17, 2013 | Essays by Contributors

Buckle Your Shrouds, it’s Death Salon LA!

I am so excited to announce Death Salon, a new yearly gathering of intellectuals, scholars and independent thinkers engaged in the exploration of our shared mortality.  This year it will be held… 

April 10, 2013 | Blog

Still Life, Still Death

Still lifes are works of art that depict “mostly inanimate subject matter, typically commonplace objects which may be either natural (food, flowers, plants, rocks, or shells) or man-made (drinking glasses, books, vases,… 

April 9, 2013 | Blog

The Beautiful Death of Jenny

I was recently featured in the University of Chicago Magazine. This was a huge honor for me and thrilled my mother to no end, especially since she was fairly sure my medieval… 

April 1, 2013 | Blog

NOT IN MY BACKYARD, CREMATORY.

Today in things that make my brains slowly leak out my ears, I present:  The citizens of Long Beach. This is Jonathan Polk. Jonathan is a business man attempting to open a… 

March 25, 2013 | Blog

The Tweet Hereafter

The Tweet Hereafter is a new website with a very simple concept, posting the final tweets of well known people. The founder was interviewed by our friend Jian Ghomeshi (I was on… 

February 26, 2013 | Blog

The Sights & Smells of Funeral Home Design

Order member Barbara Chung recently completed her design thesis on the architecture of funeral homes and the sensory experience. For Chung, the design and architecture of a place of death is not… 

February 19, 2013 | Blog

Traffic Accident Photos From 1951 Are Art

Growing up in the 1990s, with the Internet floating into my home through the dial-up tubes starting in 10th grade, my only exposure to fatal car accidents was the hyper gruesome pictures… 

February 15, 2013 | Blog