Consider the Putridarium

Sant’Andrea delle Frate is one of those jaw-dropping 17th century basilicas in Rome. It has angels by Bernini, a campanile by Borromini, and a room full of corpse toilets in the crypt. 

April 17, 2014 | Blog

Real American Death Hero: Brent Hendricks

Real American Death Heroes is an interview series by Order member Sarah Wambold, focusing on people making compelling commentary on the death space in America. Read the first piece in the series here. 

April 9, 2014 | Blog

Dr. Tanzler, You Undeniable Weirdo

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.

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!

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