Cover Photo: Photograph by Chris Stone/Flickr
Photograph by Chris Stone/Flickr

How the Grateful Dead Helped Me Embrace Mortality

Suddenly, miraculously, it was no longer dismay that I felt. It was freedom. It was Death doffing its blackness and revealing itself to me as life.

the thing

The thingI am not alone

You are alive

Long Strange Trip

You are not my Mom,

When does it end,Twilight Zone

It ended when I had you,

A Deadhead

Rolling Stone



The Seventh Seal

Being and Time

Angela Brussel is a writer based in Brooklyn, New York whose non-fiction and fiction have appeared in The Awl, New Statesman, Nylon Magazine, Electric Literature, The Wrong Quarterly, and Brooklyn Magazine, to name a few. Her current interests range from nihilism and the neuroscience of addiction to the psychology behind conspiracy theories and persecution. Her latest  work can be found at