Cover Photo: detail from Albrecht Dürer's Melencolia I
detail from Albrecht Dürer's Melencolia I

Wards Against the Day

“Embracing melancholy has become a curious act of resistance.”
That purple piece of silk he refers to, then,
in the urn of Patroclus—what does it mean?
The Rings of Saturn

I don’t know.

mélancolie humorale mélancolie nerveuse,

Anatomy of Melancholy—

Melencolia I, melencolia imaginativa,

jeremiadAmerican Walden, Howl

Make America great again

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.