Don’t Want to Be Morbid, But: All of Today’s Links Serendipitously Allude to Mortality
Josh Nadeau pointed out People In Medieval Art Who’re Getting Murdered But Just Don’t Give a Damn, with the comment, “They don’t make martyrs like they used to.”
From me, coincidentally, another link with a death reference: Philosophy News Network: Should We All Just Kill Ourselves or What?
And, this New Yorker cartoon from the February 2, 2015 issue is serendipitously about death again too.
Next, in honor of a dearly departed dead poet: Italy Establishes National Dante Day. “Every year on March 25, the date that scholars recognize as the beginning of the journey into the afterlife of the Divine Comedy, Dantedì will be celebrated.” A FB friend who is a retired bookstore owner suggested that people might start getting together on Dantedi to read the entire Divine Comedy, similar to how on June 16, Bloomsday, people get together to read James Joyce’s Ulysses every year on the day depicted in the novel. Maybe we should start a Dantedi group?
Speaking of annual memorials, this time for a dead king. The soul of King Louis XVI of France is still remembered annually in a traditional Latin Requiem Mass on January 21 in Paris, the anniversary of the day he was guillotined in 1793.