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Apr.14.2011
Country Churchyards by Eudora Welty My rating: 4 of 5 stars What a charming little book this is! It contains 90 black-and-white photographs, snapped by the grand dame of Southern literature in Mississippi churchyards during in the 1930s and 40s. “Mississippi,” she said, “had no art except...
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Apr.05.2011
Sentimental Jewellery by Ann L. Luthi My rating: 5 of 5 stars This little booklet is a treasure. I only needed to crack the cover and come upon the title page, with its illustration of seven exquisite hair broaches and pendants, to fall in love. What’s a hair broach? In the 19th century, a whole...
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Apr.04.2011
Recently I've been obsessed with uploading all the book reviews I wrote for Morbid Curiosity over the years.  Working for the magazine exposed me to some amazing books on a variety of dark subjects.  I miss getting books in the mail, but I don't really miss the pressure to read them on a deadline...
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Mar.25.2011
Blood: An Epic History of Medicine and Commerce by Douglas Starr My rating: 3 of 5 stars The first section of this book – the history of blood transfusion – was fascinating. Long before doctors attempted to infuse the blood from one human to the next, the blood of animals was used to fill the...
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Mar.21.2011
Blood And Guts by Roy Porter My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is one of the best books I’ve read in a long while. Roy Porter was a professor on the social history of medicine at University College London. His skill at delivering cogent, interesting lectures is readily apparent in this book. I wish I’d...
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Mar.12.2011
Conjoined Twins: A Historical, Biological And Ethical Issues Encyclopedia by Christine Quigley My rating: 4 of 5 stars With all the unsuccessful attempts to separate conjoined or “Siamese” twins in the news, this is a much-needed reference, collecting up all the historic accounts of conjoined twin...
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Mar.10.2011
This is another review reprinted from Morbid Curiosity.  It comes from issue #2: The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade by Thomas Lynch My rating: 3 of 5 stars Thomas Lynch is an undertaker and a poet. Unsurprisingly, one occupation interests me more than the other. When he tells the...
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Mar.05.2011
I'm slowly getting all the reviews I wrote for Morbid Curiosity up on Goodreads.  Here's one:  Working Fire: The Making of an Accidental Fireman by Zac Unger My rating: 4 of 5 stars Zac Unger grew up in Oakland, California with a desire to rescue people. He channeled that into scuba diving and...
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Oct.31.2010
Several years ago, I visited New Orleans for Halloween.  While at the Westgate Gallery -- at that time, the world's only gallery devoted to the necromantic arts -- I met a mortician who told me a story that still makes me shiver.  I'd love to share it with you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
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Sep.30.2010
In honor of the first anniversary of Morbid Curiosity Cures the Blues, here's a second look at the trailer:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2euCWtVxFA