Happy Walpurgis Night

Welcome to another sabbath by Gustave Doré


Terrible enchanted forms,
Dragon-women, men-wolf swarms!
Wilder yet the sounds are growing!
See, the archfiend comes, all-glowing!
From the ground
Hellish vapours rise around!

(Excerpt from The First Walpurgis-Night by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)


A Protocol for Dying

Over time I learned that if you chat with a stranger, in the course of any kind of interaction (like buying a hot dog, or groceries) they’ll chat back with a powerful beam of pleasure. Slowly, like a creeping addiction to coffee, this became my drug of choice.

Pieter Hintjens, a terminally ill author/programmer writes a brilliant final blog post on life, dying, euthanasia and how to interact with the terminally ill.