10.31.2008

'Tis All Hallow's Eve

Happy Howloween

It is All Hallow's Eve.


Today is the day that little kitties find mysterious puzzle boxes and...


...turn into big monster kitties.


Especially if you feed them mutant catnip mice...


...or give them strange toys like this Maggot in a Hoodie.


Morbid Anatomy

And just in time for Hallowe'en, I found an enthralling blog called Morbid Anatomy that addresses my fascination with the intersection of art, medical illustration, the history of anatomical study, medical museums, and Victoriana. And more.


Aside from admittedly having some rather morbid fascinations, while studying the history of photography, I quickly became interested in the corresponding period of time when industrialization was revolutionizing huge swathes of our lives. "Modernization" led to the rapid industrialization and commercialization of previously very private rituals, like births, weddings, and funerals. The industrialization of medicine itself, especially as applied to birth and death, is fascinating to me, and medical and science museums illustrate this transition so vividly--and poignantly.


A third fantastic image from Morbid Anatomy.



Isis' Howlowe'en Words of Wisdom

For your own safety, don't pass out in your costume until you get home.

3 comments:

mrspao said...

Isis looks so cute in that shelf picture but terrifying in that fang photo!

Chris said...

Run away! Run away! It's a sleepy kitty in a skull... something. :) Happy Halloween!

Carrie K said...

Truer words were never spoken, Isis.

Oh, and if you've been looking in the mail for the yarn I promised you - I found it in a box today. Monday!