Rubinating on Death

Thanks everyone who came out on Friday night to the Rubin Museum of Art to hear some of the winners read their pieces from our “Remember That You Will Die” essay contest. It was a great turnout for a contemplative evening amid the exhibitions of dancing skeletons and softly illuminated Buddhas. We’ll be posting a podcast of the event this week. In the meantime, check out the winning essay by Andrew Marantz, “Sure and Certain Hope” now, and the rest of the winning essays will be appearing on KtB and in the weeks to come. Listen to the event and browse pictures below.

Full event audio:

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Hear highlights, in a podcast produced by

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KtB teams up with Obit.mag and The Rubin Museum in NYC.

Winners/Readers Sylvia Sukop, Gene Dulaney, Alison Stein Wellner & Alane Salierno Mason.

KtB Associate Editor/MC prepares backstage with Sylvia Sukop.

The audience, settled on cushions in the Rubin exhibit space.

Obit managing editor/MC Krishna Andavolu with Gene Dulaney, Alison Stein Wellner & Obit director of marketing Greg Miller.

Krishna makes introductions.

The crowd.

Gene Dulaney reads "Heraclitus at the Crematorium".

The view from the grand staircase.

Gene at the mic.

Alane Salierno Mason reads "The Reconciliation of Unbelief".

The Buddha looks on.

Alison Stein Wellner reads "Is He Dead?"

Quince at the mic.

Sylvia Sukop reads "Difficult Light".

Sylvia reads about her brother's last days.

Obit managing editor Krishna Andavolu, readers Sylvia Sukop, Gene Dulaney, Alison Stein Wellner, & Alane Salierno Mason, & KtB senior editors Nathan Schneider & Meera Subramanian.