Hello and happy Sunday! Welcome to another Sunday Sundries post, where we share interesting things that we have found from around the Internet this week.
First up is a powerful talk from David R. Dow. Prof. Dow is a death penalty defence lawyer and runs a death penalty clinic at University of Houston Law Centre where law students help with representing individuals currently serving time on death row. He is also the founder of the Texas Innocence Network where law students investigate claims of actual innocence by Texas prisoners.
In this talk, Prof. Dow talks at length about the stages that a person goes through that can lead up to their execution, looking at both influences in their lives and upbringing as well as the legal process. A lot of what Prof. Dow speaks of relates to preventing murders. On Deathly Ponderings, we discuss representations of death and dying in many different parts of society, and murder is certainly not excluded from these discussions.
Next up we have something completely different from Prof John Troyer from the Unversity of Bath’s Centre for Death and Society who talks about the concept of Future Death. For those of you that went to the recent Death Salon UK, Prof Troyer gave a relatively similar talk so you might remember some of this. For those of you that were not able to attend, here’s a chance to catch up!
Finally, some fun links.
First up we have a superbly wonderful deathly Death Acceptance Reading List from the lovely folk at The Order of the Good Death. We’re certainly going to be adding some of these to our reading wishlists! What would you add to this list?
Next we have an interesting article from Mashable that looks at various business ventures that focus on death, disposal and remembrance. What would your entrepreneurial new deathly business idea be?
Lastly, a very powerful quote from writer Caitlin Moran and illustrated by the wonderfully talented Gavin Aung Thang, the person behind Zen Pencils. Certainly gives you something to think about when trying to be accepting of death and reality that that brings.
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