The New Fatalism, Part Two

chris-cornellI wrote “The New Fatalism” a couple of weeks ago, noting a “spike” in suicide imagery in popular culture (13 Reasons Why, the Kurt Cobain-themed Father John Misty video “Total Entertainment Forever”) as well as a couple of actual suicides that had recently happened.

Then there is the case of 24-year-old Bruno Borges, who made elaborate “preparations” and then simply vanished (just about to the day of the 20th anniversary of the Heaven’s Gate suicides); there is no evidence Borges killed himself, but there is a similar energy in terms of “disappearing.”

And now Chris Cornell is dead.

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The Inevitable Bruno Borges/”13 Reasons Why” Crossover Video


It was only inevitable that the hit Netflix show 13 Reasons Why would collide with the Brazilian phenomenon that is the disappearance of Bruno Borges.

If nothing else, this new YouTube parody, “13 Reasons Acre” (Borges lived in Acre), is evidence of how much this particular news story blew up in Brazil. I also get a lot of visitors outside the U.S. in general who seek these posts on Borges out—but perhaps things are currently too weird in the United States for many people to take notice here.

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The New Fatalism

Macaulay Culkin as Kurt Cobain

Last week I wrote about the controversial TV show 13 Reasons Why, and addressed charges that it possibly “encourages” young people to commit suicide; that taking one’s life is somehow made “glamorous” on the program. And I really cautioned against going on a witch-hunt against one aspect of contemporary pop-culture like that, to attribute this whole “cause and effect” thing.

But you know now, to be quite honest, I’m starting to pick up a weird energy in the air. It’s not just 13 Reasons Why. It’s the bizarre new details about the Aaron Hernandez suicide, the recent suicide of Miracle star Michael Mantenuto, and even this new Father John Misty music video featuring a crucified Macaulay Culkin as Kurt Cobain. And so I feel I need to briefly speak to this.

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13 Reasons Why: Esoteric Theories And Strange Coincidences


I’ve just finished watching Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why—it’s a show geared towards teens, but I guess I had my Steve Buscemi “hello, fellow kids” meme on at the time. 13 Reasons is apparently the biggest pop-culture thing for teens since Twilight, so…

I noticed a ton of interesting resonances, synchronicities, and so on with this series, so I’m just going to sort of ramble and get right to it! (SPOILERS AHEAD)

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