Monthly Archives: December 2014

November of the Soul, suicide survivors

Even the people closest to the survivor are often eager to pretend the suicide never happened. Families may shut down; friends may keep their distance. The night after they found their nineteen-year-old son’s body hanging in their vacation house, one … Continue reading

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Don’t Go in the House (1980)

From its title the 1980 horror-stalker film Don’t Go in the House may suggest a cheesy whodunit, something starring Vincent Price and featuring rubber monster costumes. Actually it is one of the most dire, cynical movies I’ve ever seen. I’m … Continue reading

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November of the Soul

As a term project for “The Psychology of Death,” a course taught by Edwin Shneidman at Harvard, one student placed an ad in the personals section of a local alternative newspaper: “M 21 student gives self 3 weeks before popping … Continue reading

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Heroines to Watch Out For #8: Lucia

Name: Lucia Game(s): Suikoden II, Suikoden III Creator: Yoshitaka Murayama I’m realizing that this list is seriously lacking in persons of color. So while Lucia is not the main protagonist of either of her appearances in the Suikoden universe, and while … Continue reading

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Heroines to Watch Out For #7: Estelle Bright

Name: Estelle Bright Game(s): The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky Creator: Nihon Falcom The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky is one of those JRPGs that doesn’t understand that people have lives outside of playing videogames. It … Continue reading

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