Keep the world strange. Keep your heart savage.
Keep the world strange. Keep your heart savage.
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Living the Strange Life

How I Embraced My Trauma

Lock down has been an interesting experience. The novelty of "taking a break" since a good portion of us are out of work has long since worn off. Some of us may find ourselves in familiar situations, like being isolated to this extent echos how we were in our yesteryears. Some of us further still can hear the echos of "get over it" and "move on" and you wish you could separate the now you from the memories woven alongside your veins of the you who survived in this familiar situation...but you can't. Inability to "let go" becomes just one...

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When You Hurt Me, You Hurt Yourself

When You Hurt Me, You Hurt Yourself

Once upon a time, I found myself shouting on the phone in a parking lot in Hollywood. The person on the other side of this conversation had blown up my phone with messages since 11AM and it was now 3 in the afternoon. “Why are you still texting me, Sean? I told you I was done, that I was sorry. Stop this.” I shouted, finally losing that eerie calm people get when they are mad but don’t want to show it. Calm people win arguments, right? And he told me why, losing his eerie calm, in great detail, at the...

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I am not my anxiety.

I am not my anxiety.

This has come up several times in the last few months and it's starting to wear me out. I am not my anxiety.  It's strange to hear it brought up in conversations: "You have anxiety you can't do this." "How could you ever do that, don't you have anxiety?" or "I don't believe you have anxiety." I've had it my whole life, my anxiety disorder and I are in a deeply committed relationship. When I was a teenager, a point in my life where success was defined by how well you could assimilate into whatever status quo was (and honey,...

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Can You Mix Anything with Goth?

Can You Mix Anything with Goth?

In the past few years, we've seen a wave of new branches attempt to sprout from the tree of Goth. Typically, when we talk about goth in a general fashion two visions come to mind; Traditional Goth and Victorian Goth. The other variations? Well, that depends on who you ask. The One True Goth Look, I'm going to level with you. It is a beautiful thing that this culture has survived long enough to even have conversations about which variations are or aren't appropriate. However, you cannot force people to identify with one thing and one thing only for the...

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Are the Pillars of Goth Meant to Be Challenged?

Are the Pillars of Goth Meant to Be Challenged?

Pretty straightforward topic if you're following along the 666, but a relevant question that is almost never asked directly. With any random search for information about the goth culture, you can immediately find an argument about what is or isn't goth, and we'll get to that specific argument one day soon. Right now we need to return to the core of that argument which is "are things around this nostalgia graveyard ever going to change?" The old stuff is the best stuff and the new stuff doesn't live up to the standards. It doesn't matter what we're talking about, the reasoning is always the...

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