I think it’s time I take a little break from all the raging and talk about something positive for a change. So: cemeteries!
No, seriously. My friend Cornelia Read and her friend Peter Riegert are working on a documentary about the reclamation of the oldest cemetery in Jamacia, Queens, and they’re funding the initial phase through Kickstarter.*
(The cemetery also features in Cornelia’s book Invisible Boy, which you should definitely read, only not in a place where it will be a problem if you start crying, like on a job interview or at the dentist.)
Note: I’m trying to embed the video, but it’s not working very well. Will try again later. Anyway, you should probably just follow the link and watch it.
*If you aren’t familiar with it, Kickstarter is a mirco-financing website, where people post projects they are working on, with a funding goal and a deadline for funding. There are awards for different levels of donations** and all the money is collected through Amazon’s billing system. My favorite thing that I’ve backed so far is these plush DNA nucleotides, which are so wonderful I can’t even.
**Like PBS, but with fewer tote bags.