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On YouTube, there’s a fake tourism video for Cleveland that boasts, “Our main export is crippling depression!” While that might feel less true in light of the recent NBA Championship victory for the Cavs, there’s a certain defeatist stench that’s hard to wash off when you’re from Ohio. I know, because I’m from there. I grew up in a suburb about thirty miles east of the “Mistake by the Lake,” as it was lovingly...
The Greeks eased the sting and uncertainty of death by inventing a spirit said to help souls transition, without judgment, from one life to the next; later, Carl Jung would adopt the symbol as a mediator between the conscious and the unconscious. Collectively referred to as psychopomps, the word encompasses imagery that's endured for generations, from Charon to the Grim Reaper. The myth took on special relevance for Little Big League vocalist Michelle Zauner...
It’s a cutesy trope used in romantic comedies. It might evoke eye-rolls from perpetually single friends. But in a caricature of coupledom, there’s a standard measure of closeness between two lovers--their ability to finish each other’s sentences. Noel Heroux and Jessica Zambri are that sort of couple, but their conversation is a musical one; as husband and wife, they’ve put to tape brilliant glimpses into their daily dialogue under the moniker Mass Gothic, though...
In Chinese Buddhist belief, those afflicted with insatiable desires and obsessions become pretas, or “hungry ghosts,” upon death; they are both a product of unfinished business, and also a symbol of tortuous, unattainable fulfillment. The myth of the preta is especially relatable to Wolf Parade fans--when the band went on indefinite hiatus in 2010, it seemed as if any thirst for new material or more shows would remain unquenched. But last Tuesday, at the...