Most New York Times Sunday Magazine articles don’t start out:
“According to my paternal grandmother, I’ve always been receptive to spirits. She likes to remind me how I would wake her up in the middle of the night, hyperventilating as I tried to explain that my spirit had left my body, that I had found my nose pressed against the ceiling as I hovered above my bed; that I had lost my eyes and couldn’t see. Back in my body, I rubbed my arms and wrapped them around my legs, not sure if I had actually returned. For many nights, I continued to jolt awake, crashing back into my body as if dropped from a great height.”
The article that follows focuses on ancestor worship, dealing with it in a way that’s a bit vague on whether the author views the practice as being mainly of psychological benefit, or that there is actual necromancy at work. Wuddevs. Still cool and weird to see such subjects broached with a straight faced in the Gray Lady.