DeathHacker: You’re Going to Die, Here’s How to Deal With It

LifeHacker, February 2017

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The first article of a recurring column I launched on LifeHacker, called, naturally, DeathHacker. I present some ways to think and talk about mortality that will hopefully make you relax a bit about it, manage the anxiety, and maybe be able to let go.

Dying Trans: Preserving Identity in Death

The Order of the Good Death, January 2017

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I spoke to trans people, funeral directors, and other experts about how those who may be estranged from their families can protect their identities and wishes after their deaths. This article is a much-edited version of a lecture I presented at Death Salon: Mütter Museum.

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.