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Worrying about it

I think I remember that when I read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, there was a story in it of the alchemist, who only wanted to make gold. A great sage told him that he would succeed with his ingredients, if only he added one more: unshakable confidence that he would be successful.

I may have just found the lesson that is common to insomnia, sex drive, and the above story:

‘Worrying about it doesn’t help.’

Nattväsen

In the fall of 1989, in the quiet Swedish town of Hälsingfors by the Tiveden forest, children began to disappear.

Within a span of five weeks, eight children, all under the age of seven, went missing while playing by themselves outdoors at night. After fruitless investigations within the community, the local police organized search parties into the adjacent forest. Immediately, they found clothing and toys among the underbrush, which they followed as far into the woods as the dense growth would allow. But no child was ever found, nor ever any evidence of violence or struggle.

As the weeks passed, the well-educated community began to recall, in private whispers lest they be ridiculed, a forgotten local folklore: the story of the nattväsen, the night creatures. In the old days, grandmothers would tell stories of the animal-entities of the forest to curb the curious child from venturing close to the woods. The stories never described these creatures, but spoke of them emerging at nightfall from the Tiveden, forest of the gods, to visit imaginative, adventurous children that were no older than seven, play with them, then lead them into their forest.

The eight children were never found, but as the community hastily tightened security, no more went missing. And in a few years, the incident had all but faded from the collective memory.

In 2017, the Swedish ambient music duo Carbon Based Lifeforms added a new track to their European tour, called Nattväsen. It contained an audio recording of the Hälsingfors Chief Inspector de-briefing after a failed search party, and the words of a dementia-afflicted local old lady who claimed to have been taken and returned in her childhood by the night creatures.

The unfamiliar narrative was regarded by the concert crowds as meaningless space-filler in an otherwise instrumental format, and drew scant attention.

But one night, in a small EDM den in Hamburg’s Reeperbahn club district, Namio Takaki, a Japanese anthropology exchange student who had grown up near the Aokigahara suicide forest, found himself unable to ignore the lyrics. As the band kept playing, first disbelief, then years of near-extinguished trauma broke forth and rose steadily upward through his chest, until he had to scramble his way out through the crowd to the parking lot to be able to breathe again.

 

The following pages contain an account of my personal journey into this mystery, of how I flew too close to the sun in my three years of travel and investigation to unravel a global enigma, and came back from the edge of human reason and the natural laws that purportedly hold this world together.

Sriracha Chicken Quesadilla with Mango Salsa and Guacamole

Takes about 1 hr 15 min. Serves 4.

All ingredients

  1. ½ lb thinly sliced chicken breast
  2. 1 small onion or ½ large onion, diced
  3. 1 tomato, diced
  4. ½ jalapeño, thinly sliced
  5. 1 large or 2 small mangoes, diced
  6. 3 ripe avocados
  7. Mexican blend shredded cheese
  8. flour tortillas
  9. cilantro
  10. Sriracha hot rooster sauce
  11. lime juice
  12. sesame oil
  13. salt and pepper to taste

 

Sriracha Chicken Quesadilla

Sriracha Chicken Quesadilla

Ingredients

  1. ½ lb thinly sliced chicken breast
  2. Sriracha hot rooster sauce
  3. some of the lime juice
  4. flour tortillas
  5. Mexican blend shredded cheese
  6. sesame oil
  7. some of the cilantro
  8. salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Mix sriracha, lime juice, salt and pepper with chicken and marinade for at least 15 minutes.
  2. Heat sesame oil in a pan. Cook chicken and set aside.
  3. For each quesadilla, put a flour tortilla on a hot pan, add a generous layer of cheese, then chicken, some cilantro, another cheese layer, then another tortilla. Cook just enough to melt the cheese, then cut into fours.

 

Mango salsa

Mango Salsa

Ingredients

  1. 1 large or 2 small mangoes, diced
  2. some of the cilantro
  3. ½ small onion or ¼ large onion, diced
  4. lime juice
  5. pinch of salt

Directions

Mix all ingredients. Refrigerate if not immediately served.

 

Guacamole

Guacamole

Ingredients

  1. 3 ripe avocados
  2. 1 tomato, diced
  3. ½ small onion or ¼ large onion, diced
  4. ½ jalapeño, thinly sliced
  5. lime juice to taste
  6. salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Mash the avocados until creamy.
  2. Mix the rest of the ingredients. Refrigerate if not immediately served. (Contrary to popular belief, including the avocado pit will not slow oxidation).