A discussion of some of New York City's most notoriously mobile corpses
Obscura Society NYC: Roving Body Parts and Restless Dead - An Evening With Bess LovejoyAcme (63 N 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY) Map it $15
In the long run, we're all dead. But for some of the most influential figures in history, death marked the start of a new adventure.
The famous deceased have been stolen, burned, sold, pickled, frozen, stuffed, impersonated, and even filed away in a lawyer’s office. In this illustrated talk, author Bess Lovejoy will present highlights from her recent book Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses, with a special focus on the dead in New York City. Along tales of saintly relics and phrenological specimens, you'll hear about the time Napoleon's penis was exhibited in Manhattan, what happened to Thomas Paine's brain, the unlikely fate of Dorothy Parker's ashes, the decapitated actor who supposedly haunts St. Paul's churchyard, and more.
Bess Lovejoy is a writer, researcher, and editor based in Brooklyn and Seattle. She writes about death, obscure history, and sometimes art, literature, and science. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Believer, Lapham's Quarterly, The Boston Globe, The Stranger, and other publications. Her book Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses came out in March from Simon & Schuster.