Dr. Tanzler, You Undeniable Weirdo

Elena de Hoyos

I am love’s tragic hypocrite. I say that there is nothing more beautiful or natural than the alchemy of a decomposing body.  Ask me and I will tell you: “if you truly… 

March 18, 2014 | Blog

Accept Death by thinking about (Literal) Shit.

Medieval poop

Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek has a theory: the structure of a country’s toilets reflects something about the ideology of that nation.  In France, the hole is located in the back of the… 

March 7, 2014 | Blog

Rituals, or, why Poaching Elephants is so Awful


It has been argued that not only are elephants aware that they will die (an awareness very few creatures possess), but that they actually have and practice death rituals. Cynthia Moss has… 

March 5, 2014 | Blog

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Well, turns out that you’re all grade-A weirdos.  Can’t say I’m surprised.  I’d expect nothing less. My first book (%^!!&(&#(&$@!) became available for pre-order this Sunday.  Everyone from my childhood best friend… 

February 20, 2014 | Blog

Death Movies, Get your Death Movies Here!

Seventh Seal

There is a lot of death in film, ranging from the maudlin (Love Story) to the quirky (Harold and Maude) to the existential (The Seventh Seal).  While I love a good romance,… 

February 11, 2014 | Blog

State of the Order (of the Good Death), 2014


Happy 2014, deathlings! Here’s to the coming year, filled with awareness of our inevitable mortality. To begin, I want to explain my absence for most of 2013 (or, The Year that Time… 

January 7, 2014 | Blog