Visiting the Whitechapel Bell Foundry in 2016

In June and July 2016, I had the immense joy to visit London and stay with my dear friends Melinda and Ben. Mel surprised me one day by taking me to Whitechapel to see the famous Whitechapel Bell Foundry on June 29, 2016 - four years ago today! Me and Mel outside the Whitechapel Bell … Continue reading Visiting the Whitechapel Bell Foundry in 2016

Researching David Bowie’s Death in Brixton, UK – January 2019

The main focus of my Masters research is dead celebrities and how fans react to their death and in memorializing them create and shape the narrative of that celebrity‚Äôs legacy. One of the main celebrities I focus on is David Bowie, and specifically how people interact with him through his hometown of Brixton, a neighborhood … Continue reading Researching David Bowie’s Death in Brixton, UK – January 2019

The Fan Rituals of Memorializing David Bowie – Presentation

On April 5th, 2019, I participated in the MALS Lightning Talks. This is an event for Masters students at the Graduate Center, CUNY to showcase their research in three minutes. I spoke about the fandom rituals that memorialize David Bowie in Brixton, his hometown in South London. Watch my speech below, or read the transcript … Continue reading The Fan Rituals of Memorializing David Bowie – Presentation

‘Good Grief, Charlie Brown’ at Somerset House, London

In January 2019, I found myself in London on a research trip for my Masters thesis. On a day off from lurking around pilgrimage sites related to dead celebrities, I was able to visit London's iconic Somerset House for the first time with my friends Sarah, Danny, and Dave. The current Somerset House was constructed … Continue reading ‘Good Grief, Charlie Brown’ at Somerset House, London

Celebrating the 4th of July at Ben Franklin’s London Home

Sixteen years before the Revolutionary War officially kicked off, Ben Franklin resided in London acting largely as a mediator between Britain and America. The house he stayed at, 36 Craven Street, is the only house that he lived in that is still standing today. While in England in the summer of 2016, I had the … Continue reading Celebrating the 4th of July at Ben Franklin’s London Home