Wards Against the Day
“Embracing melancholy has become a curious act of resistance.”
Colin Dickey is the author of Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places, as well as Cranioklepty: Grave Robbing and the Search for Genius and Afterlives of the Saints: Stories from the Ends of Faith. He is also the co-editor (with Joanna Ebenstein) of The Morbid Anatomy Anthology.
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If I collect Oma’s memories, if I truly remember my grandmother, I too can retain what is slipping away.
On the gendered aspect of conversion disorder, how it might have historically manifest in nuns and mystics, and the strange comfort of being diagnosed.
“How do I teach her letting go, when my hands are still gnarled in the shape of everything I’ve ever lost?”