Monday, April 20, 2009

Because I can't seem to get enough decapitations...

A friend of mine (thanks, Bruno!) sent me a link this morning for this cuddly little bear... For 16 smackeroos, he's all yours. Check it out.

Also, if you haven't read my past posting(s) on decapitations, click here for my thoughts on Barbie decapitations as well as a handful of fun pictures and info on some of my more macabre embroidered designs (some of which can be ordered in my shop).

Or maybe you might want to click here to read my Easter post...

Finally, all of this talk of decapitations reminds me of a book I read a few years ago called Severance, by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Olen Butler. A brief description:

"Sixty-two entries, each in the voice of a beheaded historical, mythical, animal or modern figure, make up the collection. Each is exactly 240 words, Butler's estimate of the number of words that could be spoken by a decapitated head before oxygen runs out. Among the post-mortem monologues Butler imagines are John the Baptist, Medusa, Cicero, a chicken, Nicole Brown Simpson, Maximilien Robespierre, Valeria Messalina and himself, 'decapitated on the job' in 2008."

Butler even wrote one of the entries in the voice of a dragon, and then on the next page, switches to the viewpoint of the dragon's killer, St. George, who he also imagined was decapitated.

Several entries take a light tone, but what lingers is an unsettling sense of the absurdity—and prevalence—of violence.



  1. I admit I do not get the decapitation thing. I'll have to come back to find out more I guess. To each his long as it's not acted out!

  2. Don't get me wrong, it's not that I like actual decapitations, but rather that I think it's important to play with the whole fear of dying thing... Macabre playfulness, if you will... I definitely understand that it's not going to be everyone's cup of tea!


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