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Here is selected writing by Allison C. Meier, from a New York Times op-ed on an island mass grave, to the story of the 19th-century Queen of Magic:

History & Society

Pandemic victims are filling NYC’s Hart Island. It isn’t the first time. [National Geographic]

She Caught Bullets with Her Bare Hands — and Made Magic’s Glass Ceiling Disappear [Narratively]

The Graves of Forgotten New Yorkers [New York Times]

Spanish flu and the depiction of disease [Wellcome Collection]

Hulda the witch: The other legend of Sleepy Hollow [Hudson Valley – Times Union]

Century-Old School Chalkboard Drawings Offer a History Lesson [Hyperallergic]

Caring for a Community of the Dead [Order of the Good Death]

Remember You Will Be Buried [Lapham’s Quarterly]

Finding space in New York City’s cemeteries [Curbed]

Minik and the Meteorite [Narratively]

What the Viral Media of the Civil War Era Can Teach Us About Prejudice [Bunk History]

Surviving a Pandemic, in 1918 [JSTOR Daily]

The Forgotten First Woman Violinist to Perform on the American Stage [Hyperallergic]

A Tale of Two Explorers: Frederick Cook & Robert Peary [Brooklyn Based]

The island of unclaimed bodies [Wellcome Collection]

Belle Starr the Bandit Queen: How a Southern Girl Became a Legendary Southern Outlaw [Atlas Obscura]

Beating the bodysnatchers [Wellcome Collection]

Caroline Weldon, 19th Century Indigenous Rights Advocate and Sitting Bull’s Secretary [Mental Floss]

Ring Ring, Corpse Phone I wrote the podcast script for the story on the relationship between telephones and death [Death in the Afternoon Podcast]

The Victorian Angel Guides of Death [The Offing]

Arts & Culture

Crossing Borders: Stories of US-Mexico Migration through Retablos [Raw Vision Magazine]

An Artist Addresses the Field Museum’s Problematic Native American Hall [Chicago Magazine]

Photographing the Dark: Nadar’s Descent into the Paris Catacombs [Public Domain Review]

Georgiana Houghton Visualized A World Beyond Death [Nightingale]

How Art Historians Cracked the Case of Enigmatic Japanese Painter Hasegawa Tōhaku [Artsy]

The Robots Being Built to Cross the US-Mexico Border [Hyperallergic]

First Sculpture: Handaxe to Figure Stone at the Nasher [Glasstire]

Deciphering the Graven Messages of the Dead [Dilettante Army]

Native Americans through the 19th-century lens [Wellcome Collection]

The New Art Galleries: Urban Cemeteries [CityLab]

Restoring Louise Nevelson’s sanctuary of stillness in Midtown [Curbed]

Rediscovering a Forgotten Woman Modernist Inspired by Nature’s Unseen Forces [Art & Object]

The Only Five Public Statues of Historic Women in NYC [Hyperallergic; It was cited by Rebecca Solnit in her “City of Women” essay in the 2016 Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas]

Artist Damien Echols Embraces the Magic Symbols that Helped Send Him to Death Row [Hyperallergic]

Saving the Art and Home of Mary Nohl, Whose Neighbors Called Her a Witch [Hyperallergic]

Illustrating Carnival: Remembering the Overlooked Artists Behind Early Mardi Gras [The Public Domain Review]

A Mural Honors the Ruins of an American Indian Boarding School [Hyperallergic]

Hopi Visions: The Journey of an Indigenous History Mural [Glasstire]

The Man Who Tried to Photograph Thoughts [Hyperallergic]

From Courbet to the Bronx, The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Names Gets Marriage Memorial [Hyperallergic]

Architecture & Design

An Urban System of Death [Urban Omnibus]

Great Glass Coffin Scam: When Hucksters Sold the Fantasy of Death Without Decay [Collectors Weekly]

The Most Metal Cemetery in New York [Slate]

Long Abandoned Clock Tower is Returning to Life in Queens [Atlas Obscura]

A Visit to New York City’s New Subterranean Archaeological Repository [Hyperallergic]

Climbing into a Mortuary Drawer to Smell the Scents of JFK’s Last Moments [Hyperallergic]

Nature & Science

Night of the Living Synanthropes [CityLab]

Why a Bronx Herbarium of 7.8 Million Plants Is One of New York’s Most Valuable Resources [Hyperallergic]

Uncovering the Seeds of a Post-Lawn Future [CityLab]

Graveyards as green getaways [Wellcome Collection]

The Ancient Forests That Have Defied Urbanization [CityLab]

Researchers Bury Their Noses in Books to Sniff Out the Morgan Library’s Original Smell [Hyperallergic]

The Victorian Women Whose Writing Popularized Watching Birds Instead of Wearing Them [Lady Science/The New Inquiry]

On the Trail of New York’s Greatest Trees [CityLab and Narratively]

The Webcam of Jeremy Bentham, an 18th-Century Philosopher’s Skeleton [Hyperallergic]

The Singularly Curious Weeping Elm [Brooklyn Based]

A Forest Elegy for the Rapidly Vanishing American Hemlock Tree [Hyperallergic]

From Blue Whale Skull to Narwhal Tusks, Behind-the-Scenes at the Smithsonian Marine Mammals Collection [Atlas Obscura]

How Gardening Neglected Victorian Graves Brought Community to a Philadelphia Cemetery [Order of the Good Death]