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Ashes to Ashes

For the human body, death is only the beginning. These meat sacks of ours are hothouses of chemicals, and not just the good kind. Pesticides, flame retardants, heavy metals, and other environmental toxins we’ve picked up in life continue to leach into the mortal coil long after we’ve shuffled off. Current cremation techniques don’t help, […]

Morbid à la Mode

What might be sad is actually quite sartorial. Rebena wishes so much she were in the big apple to see the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition called “Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire.” This cheekily-titled show has been a big draw for the museum as it explores what people wore to funerals in the […]

Marie-Thérèse Walter

Marie-Thérèse Walter was the French mistress and model of Pablo Picasso from 1927 to about 1935, and the mother of his daughter, Maya Widmaier-Picasso.  Their relationship began when she was seventeen years old; he was 45 and still living with his first wife, Olga Khokhlova.  In Picasso’s paintings, Walter always appears as blonde, sunny and bright.  Picasso and Walter kept their relationship secret.  Walter lived […]