Retrobituaries: Forensic Science Pioneer Frances Glessner Lee

Mental Floss, July 2016

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A look back at the life and influence of the “Mother of Forensic Science” who constructed the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death. 

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This Chef Wants You to Eat Your Grief

Munchies/Vice, June 2016

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An interview with chef Claire Phelan, who hosts speakeasy-style secret pop-up dinners like the one I attended, which was designed to assuage grief with its therapeutic ingredients.

11 Movies Inspired by Ed Gein’s Horrifying Crimes

The Line-Up, June 2016

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A round-up of the films inspired by the crimes of the ghoulish Ed Gein, the Butcher of Plainfield.

The Challenges of Showing the Artifacts of an Early European Wax Museum Today

Hyperallergic, May 2016

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I spoke to the founder of the Morbid Anatomy Museum and the curator of the House of Wax exhibit about the challenges of exhibiting antique ethnographic models, and how they’ll be handled as the collection moves to the Alamo Cinema & Drafthouse.

It’s Okay to Giggle at the Clown Funeral

Atlas Obscura, February 2016

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On the first Sunday in February, a funeral took place at All Saints Church in Haggerston, North London. At the beginning of the proceedings, clowns entered the church anarchically, causing a ruckus, poking people with puppets, and brandishing balloon animals. This was to be expected, for the occasion was the Grimaldi Service—London’s annual clown funeral.

An Exhibition to Mark the Canonization of Saint Bowie

Hyperallergic, March 2016

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There has been a David Bowie-shaped void in the souls of many since January 10. His death has affected so many worlds — music, film, art, fashion. For those who still need to share their feelings and fandom with others, you can mourn amid some vivid visual tributes at the Stephen Romano Gallery in Brooklyn.