Cemetery under snow
Cemetery under snow
Originally uploaded by scorzonera.

It happens to us all if we’re lucky enough to live that long – people we know start dying, then keep on dying until it’s our turn. No getting away from that. offers the illusion, at least, of having some control of events after The Event. You can store your preference of obituary, flowers, funeral venue, music, even your suicide note (they often, apparently, go astray) and much more in the hope that family and/or loved ones take some notice.

Most intriguing of all, you can browse other people’s stored desires but be prepared to spend several hours once you get in there. It becomes addictive.

Wisconsin Death Trip is a unique documentary-plus-drama, its starting point being photographs and stories of everyday death and despair taken from the Black River Falls newspaper in the 1890s and the work of Charles Van Schaick, the town portrait photographer. There is an excellent article by Michael Lesy, creator of the book which gave rise to the film, here . The film is available on DVD . I found a Torrent on a few months back but it seems to be off at the moment.

The excellent has the deeply affecting Flash movie Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography In America , with a commentary by James Allen, who created the book of the same name. Chilling thought – many of these photographs were printed up and sold as postcards, a reminder that not all deaths are seen as equal.


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