Saturday, October 31, 2009

Graveyard Tourism

CNN has an interesting article up about people who treat cemeteries as tourist attractions. The money quote (as Fake Steve Jobs would say):
At first glance, the idea of graveyard tourism may seem ghoulish. But for visitors who seek out headstones, this sort of destination travel is about more than death and grief-seeking. It can be a form of entertainment and inspiration, a history and architecture lesson, a cultural appreciation course, a genealogical journey and a source of relaxation.
Color me ghoulish as charged. As I explain in an upcoming post for The Rap Sheet, it was on a trip to La Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires that I got the inspiration for my latest novel, The Big Wake-Up.

The whole novel, in fact, could be considered a sort of guidebook to San Francisco Bay Area cemeteries, and it is illustrated with black and white photographs of statuary that I have taken in cemeteries throughout the world.

Click here to see a Flickr slide show of the photos.


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