The Online "Mortality" Salon!
posted September 1, 2020 11:32 PM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Mon September 14 at 7:00 PM
You're invited to attend an ***online*** gathering of some of Mefi's finest! If you're interested in joining us (think Metafilter Live), email me at for more information, and to get your name put on a list to receive the ***Google Meet*** link.
Boldly, or perhaps foolishly, the theme for this salon is mortality. This isn't a grief group or a counseling group — salon topics are always more abstract that that — so we can talk about it (or not) or digress (or not). It's really just a starting point for good conversation to go where it may.

Similarly, feel free to look over the suggested reading/viewing (or not!)
  1. If you’ve never watched — or heard of — Six Feet Under, an acclaimed HBO television series that ran from 2001-05, it is one of the best TV shows I’ve ever seen, and it’s certainly the most effective — only? — major popular culture exploration of death I’ve ever seen. The three videos (10 min. each) give an interesting little overview of the show.
  2. In the early naughts, the renowned Swiss sociologist Bernard Crettaz dreamt up Cafe Mortel. The 2015 article “Take Me to the Death Cafe" in Think Prospect profiles the movement he started, and its unexpectedly gleeful effect on participants.

  3. In 2018, the New York Times detailed how the "Positive Death Movement Comes to Life: Death cafes, death doulas, 'Ask a Mortician,' DeathLab — once the province of goth subculture, death is having a moment in the sun.” You can find the article at
To RSVP, or ask questions, contact me at

I hope you can join us!


posted by Violet Blue to Online (2 comments total)

Is this your 10 year on mefi anniversary party?
posted by terrapin at 6:39 AM on September 4, 2020

No. It's completely separate, actually. I'm rather taken aback that you thought that, but I guess I can see how!
posted by Violet Blue at 7:20 PM on September 7, 2020

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