Charles Cowling
MANIFESTO We, the First Committee of the International Necronautical Society, declare the following:- 1.That death is a type of space, which we intend to map, enter, colonise and, eventually, inhabit. 2. That there is no beauty without death, its immanence. We shall sing death’s beauty – that is, beauty. 3.
Charles Cowling
I am indebted to Nurse Myra over at Gimcrack Hospital (where the nurses are pretty and the doctors are pissed) for telling me about JBS Haldane (1892-1964). Nurse Myra does a fine line in rare people, most of them bonkers, and JBS Haldane is an outstanding specimen. Find out more
Charles Cowling
Klage/Lament, 2009, Installation by Lewis deSoto from Lewis deSoto on Vimeo.
Charles Cowling
Japanese robot for collecting dead  indigents Here’s how a recent piece in the Daily Mail began: Being freeze dried and smashed into little pieces sounds like the stuff of sci-fi horror movies. But it is one of two methods of dealing with our dearly departed that could soon be available
Charles Cowling
Here’s a question sent to money-problem solver Margaret Dibben in the Guardian. It exemplifies the utter crapness of funeral plans and the business methods of the People’s Undertaker. Two years ago, after the untimely death of a young friend, I took out a bronze cremation plan with The Co-operative Funeralcare.
Charles Cowling
I enjoyed this piece over at Obit magazine: It’s good to be a dead leader. Not so for Ariel Sharon, the (arguably) most influential and the (certainly) most enduring politician in Israel. Sharon has never been memorialized, has never had a funeral, and is barely mentioned anymore in Israeli political conversations. He’s
Charles Cowling
There’s an interesting piece over in the New York Times about an artist, Tobi Kahn who, when his mother lay dying, filled her hospital room with his paintings of flowers. Out of that private, personal display for his mother, Mr. Kahn has built a body of work that aspires to
Charles Cowling
Me and the missus are getting down to some serious death planning. There’s no best time of life for doing this, of course, so long as you get it done afore ye croak. And the more I think about it, the more clearly I can see that it’s not an