A day of free talks, tours and more co-curated by Lawrence Weschler and Brooklyn's Morbid Anatomy
History, medicine, art and the humanities mix and mingle at this festival populated with free talks, tours, anatomical workshops, and more. Co-curated by former New Yorker staff writer Lawrence Weschler and Brooklyn's bewitchingly macabre Morbid Anatomy, the day's activities include a medical wax moulage demonstration, a screening of a rare film starring Gene Kelly as a sailor with combat fatigue, and tours of the New York Academy of Medicine's book and paper conservation laboratory. Also, Oliver Sacks, Billy Hayes, Carl Schoonover and others give talks on subjects such as understanding the brain, anthropodermic bibliopegy, and the early 19th century practice of stealing skulls. A festival for curious eccentrics, its like the New Yorker festival with the "pop" quotient turned down and the darkness dialed up.