Death for Everyone

I now realize, with everything that’s happened in the last half of 2013, how woefully neglectful I’ve been to my personal blog. I’m not going to pretend that’s going to change, in fact, it’ll probably get worse from here on out. Still, a lot of wonderful things have happened since my last post, so I feel a major update is in order.

Photo by Elli Papayanopoulos http://www.ellilaurenphotography.com
Death Salon LA attendees. Photo by Elli Papayanopoulos http://www.ellilaurenphotography.com

Death Salon LA

Death Salon LA exceeded my hopes and expectations in every way. I think my post on the Death Salon blog really sums up my feelings the best. Since then, my friendships and partnerships with many of the DSLA attendees have grown and flourished. We’ve got a beautiful new logo thanks to Jenelle Campbell, and we’ve got merch coming very soon as well. Our members are seeing major publishing successes, interesting musical collaborations, great books in the pipeline, TV projects, and even the founding of a new museum. I am endlessly proud of the community we’ve built, and I can’t wait to see where it takes us.

Dr. Lindsey Fitzharris & Carla Valentine, curators of Death Salon UK
Dr. Lindsey Fitzharris & Carla Valentine, curators of Death Salon UK

Future Death Salons

Most immediately, it is taking us to London. The programming for Death Salon UK is almost ready for primetime, and our beautiful venue of Barts Pathology Museum in London and the stellar lineup of speakers we’re working with so far is going to knock your socks off. All will be revealed very soon.

Meanwhile we’re also gearing up for a one-day Death Salon Forum event in San Francisco in October of 2014, and Death Salon 2015 found its happy home in Brooklyn, New York at the brand-spanking new Morbid Anatomy Museum.

Eighteenth-century tobacco enema resuscitation kit, from the personal collection of Dr. K. Garth Huston.  Photo by Megan Rosenbloom
Eighteenth-century tobacco enema resuscitation kit, from the personal collection of Dr. K. Garth Huston. Photo by Megan Rosenbloom

LQ & DeathBook

I was delighted to get the chance to publish an article on the history of resuscitation in one of my favorite publications, Lapham’s Quarterly. Writing for this amazing magazine was an end in itself for me. Little could I have imagined that a few months later, a literary agency would come calling and basically say, “Hey, you know that book you’ve been thinking about writing but haven’t got it together to write yet? Would you be interested in writing that exact thing for us?” Yes, yes, a million times yes. So after some preliminary samples, the contract is all signed and I’m moving forward with writing the book under the guiding hand of Lauren Clark at Kuhn Projects. This whole turn of events has set my mind alight; I’m throwing myself full force into the research and writing of this narrative non-fiction death book. It’s a long process with no guarantees, but one I’ve wanted to undertake since I was a child, and I’m going to relish every step of the process and give it all I can (on evenings and weekends, anyway). I am so excited for 2014. It begins…

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