My image of the ‘ghost,’ including everything conventional about its appearance as well as its blind submission to certain contingencies of time and place, is particularly significant for me as the finite representation of a torment that may be eternal. Perhaps my life is nothing but an image of this kind; perhaps I am doomed to retrace my steps under the illusion that I am exploring, doomed to try and learn what I should simply recognize, learning a mere fraction of what I have forgotten.”
— André Breton, Nadja
if you’ve ever wondered “why ‘hungry ghoast’?” this is as close to an explanation as you might get
WHEN YOU IMAGINE THE DEAD, DO YOU IMAGINE THEM HUNGRY?
…how the hell else are you supposed to imagine them? (said the HungryGhoast)