Flying Dutchman by Tori Amos

Song of the Week Staff Pick by Arts Editor Karin Jervert: “They say your brain is a comic book tattoo, and you’ll never be anything.” This song always gave me a lot of strength to see through the illusions psychiatry (and our broader capitalist culture) creates around self, experience, identity and diversity. Sometimes, like a lot of people, I mishear lyrics (which I recently found out the term for! Mondegreen) and I would always hear the line “So afraid you’ll be what they never were” as “Celebrate! You’ll be what they never were.” and it always made me smile.

– Karin Jervert

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