The Dark Crystal -> Labyrinth -> Mirrormask : a spiritual trilogy. Jim Henson. Beverly Crusher’s choreography.
Our difficulty with fantasy again, and further difficulty specific to dreamland stories. Nothing makes sense, cause and effect cannot be counted on, and essentially nothing is on the line. Yet Labyrinth is still delightful (because nostalgia!).
Identifying with adults now more, since we are adults.
Dreaming. Animal models. Rats and humans and dreaming during non-REM sleep.
Minotaur, reverse-minotaur. Plus, a succinct and accurate retelling of the story.
Humans are okay. Rats are okay. Dogs, not so much. “Ecocentric cognitive mapping.” FMRI and navigation in virtual reality.
Irreparable putrescence. Not something that is on you, but something that infuses your very flesh to continue to be stinky. Or, magic.