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The Morbid Anatomy Anthology
Since 2008, the Morbid Anatomy Library of Brooklyn, New York, has hosted some of the best scholars, artists and writers working along the intersections of the history of anatomy and medicine, death and the macabre, religion and spectacle. "The Morbid Anatomy Anthology" collects some of the best of this work in 28 lavishly illustrated essays. Included are essays by Evan Mic ...more
Hardcover, 491 pages
Published April 28th 2014 by Morbid Anatomy Press
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Like most anthologies, this one's a mixed bag. A lot of its weirdness comes from the fact that it collects what was originally a varied lecture series. And if you're not in the scene it might be difficult to discern the tenuous theme or connection that all of these things have, other than "kind of goth," but I think the book, like the museum and blog, attempts to be a kind of "cabinet of curiosities" or w/e, and that's p. cool. It means, though, that some of these essays are super densely techni ...more
This is generally a very enjoyable collection of essays on a variety of fascinating topics relating to death, bodies and other morbid themes. I had fun, reading not in sequence, but dipping in and out, and choosing essays in a fairly random way. On the downside a few essays were poor: I wish their writers had focused more on communicating effectively what they were trying to say, rather than, as often was the case, getting bound up in semantics and definitions. But these were rare exceptions. Mo ...more
A stunner of a collection. I've been looking forward to this since I pitched in for the Kickstarter. I'm glad it happened and this is one hell of a collection of essays gloriously illustrated throughout. The museum is going to be amazing- can't wait. ...more