Graeme Abernethy is a writer from Vancouver, British Columbia. His book, The Iconography of Malcolm X, is forthcoming in The University Press of Kansas
The Pop Culture Death Trap, Part 4: Projections | 8 Apr 2013 // 5:14 PM
Who will be our next dead celebrity? Does it matter? Regardless of who, as Joseph Conrad suggested, we each remain loyal to the nightmare of our choosing.
The Pop Culture Death Trap, Part 3: Grief and Immortality | 20 Mar 2013 // 5:10 PM
Through the act of collective mourning, we elevate dead celebrities to near-divinity. The need is both a primitive and a decidedly American one: to define ourselves by something other than an alienating individualism.