Live the cursed life of a retail mall manager in this video game powerlessness fantasy

Shopping malls are a great place to go if you want to feel very depressed. Made obsolete by online giants like Amazon, most malls are dying, if not already dead. Wandering around a mostly empty mall can feel like walking through a ghost town. If you listen close you can hear the wailing specters of Brookstone massage…

A depressed egg yolk is the cartoon antihero Japan must have needed

Apart from Eeyore, Droopy, and maybe a couple of low-energy Smurfs, there aren’t too many sad, mopey characters in the pantheon of Western animation. Cartoon characters tend to be upbeat, confident, and bursting with energy. Things are a little different over in Japan, however, where the public’s heart has recently…

At the heart of The Magicians is depression, and the fantasy of a magical cure

When I was really struggling with depression, I would lie in bed every day, and I couldn’t get up. And I would watch people doing these normal things, going to their jobs and having their relationships, and I would think, I could never do that. And it felt like they were doing magic. And when I started to get better,…