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I Don't Believe in This Stuff

On insomnia, history and keeping your ever-present ancestors in check.

I am struck by sleep paralysis every two days or so. It happens more predictably if I take to napping in the hot afternoons. My father's people would claim the heaviness on my chest is a spirit trying to kill me; attempting to cut my ties to a world that separates it from me.

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