Chatting with Courtney & Laura from I Heart Dead Things

A few weeks ago I had the privilege to sit down and have an amazing chat with Courtney Iseman and Laura Wasson over at the I Heart Dead Things Podcast we talked all things death, olfaction, and dived into some of my work that has appeared recently in Order of the Good Death and Death and the…

In Memoriam, Farewell to Jon

On June 25th, Jon Underwood, one of the founders of Death Cafe, and an evangelist for frank discussions about death, passed due to acute promyelocytic leukaemia. He was 44 years old. I met Jon in 2016 at a talk I was giving in London. He was warm, kind, and supportive. We had a nice chat…

In Memoriam, Farewell to Fabienne

Perfumers seem to endure forever. It is one of those professions where you just keep going for decades. Even after you’re gone, as long as the bottles keep coming, to the customer, it is like you never left. However, once one of us does leave, especially in the fiercely competitive but passionately connected world of…

Let’s Get Squeamish Together!

Hello Dearies, I wanted to let you know about an exciting new series of events which I will be part of in October. If you find yourself in London next month, come down to Sutton House for Life.Death.Whatever.

Fan of Perfume? Come, Share Your Thoughts! 

Hello Dearies, aside from what I have brewing here at DS&LG I am also working on a project for publication in an academic journal. I’m looking at the buying habits and the market’s adaptability for self-professed perfume fans and as part of that research, I’m collecting data in the form of a simple 3-minute survey….

Ephemera Guide: Snails, Loons, & Strange Women

Hello, again dearies and welcome to this month’s Ephemera post, where I natter on about the things that I’ve enjoyed in the last few weeks. This month we have some doozies, so let’s jump in.

5 Things You Can Do To Be More Death Positive

So my house has been struck with the plague which has put me out of commission on all fronts for the last week, but amid my coughing and sneezing I was happy to see that a piece I wrote for Offbeat Home was published called, 5 things you can do to join the Death Positivity movement…

The Ethics of Displaying Human Bodies Symposium

Hi Dearies, I wanted to spread the word, especially for those in the UK about an interesting symposium happening on Monday, March 21st. The University of Warwick’s Centre for the History of Medicine will be hosting The Ethics of Display: exhibiting vulnerable bodies symposium at the Arden Conference Centre. The symposium should be a fascinating discussion about the…

Farewell Eco

On February 19th, the world lost a brilliant mind and soul, perhaps the last true Renaissance man. Umberto Eco has been like a literary godfather to me over the years. It was The Name of the Rose that made me learn Latin in grade school. His work on semiotics opened me to a new way…

Cadavers as Cradles of Creativity

Hello dearies, I wanted to pass on the details of a fascinating event in London tomorrow, February 17th. I know it seems a lot of the events and lectures I talk about are in the UK, I do keep an eye out for talks in the extended the Anglo, German, and Francophone worlds. The British…

Ephemera Guide: Roses,Chocolate, Dead Meet & More

Hello, dearies, the husband and I are off on a V-Day adventure of Ethiopian food, the used book story, and napping (I know, we’re basically cats). I wanted to give you a little Ephemera nugget of common Valentine’s Day gifts, but with a twist for the mortally minded. This should hold you over until tomorrow…