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Sleeping together, a mile high psychic and demolition in downtown Los Angeles

The couple that sleeps together stays together. Or so we thought. In our fourpart series, Jennifer Sanchez explores the science behind that other thing couples do together in bed: sleep. From Kama Sutra-esque sleep positions and what they say about your relationship to gender-specific differences in circadian rhythms that explain why you and your partner never fall asleep at the same time, Sleeping Together is a series of vignettes for both the night owl and the early bird.

Read the first installment here.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

MEL columnist Jay Edidin reflects on how their transition turned their “straight” marriage into a same-sex one, and what that means for their husband in the wake of the Orlando massacre.

Read the second installment of “How to Be a Guy” here.

THREE QUESTIONS

What is it about air travel that makes people want to join the mile-high club It’s a question that science can’t exactly answer, so we asked celebrity psychic and matchmaker Deborah Graham. Her answers, while not rooted in peer-reviewed data, may cast a whole new light on your next business trip.

From a spiritual perspective, why does sex on planes hold this mysterious appeal?
People are so infatuated with this energy, it’s not even funny. It’s almost feeling like you’re out of your body, having that adrenaline. Your psychic ability becomes alive, and you let down your guard because you’re up in the sky, you’re buckled down on the seat, the belt’s kind of tight, getting you kind of excited, and you’re starting to feel a rush of energy. Those sexual endorphins start to move in your energy field, and you start to get more excited.

Is this just about sex, or is a plane also a good place to find a relationship?
A lot of people in my work have actually met people on the plane and had connections. Some of them ended up getting married. Sometimes, I will send my clients in the first few months of dating on a trip because they go on a plane to really get to know each other.

How do you recommend people take advantage of this energetic shift?
I am not going to recommend having sex on planes, but I am going to recommend that people be open and be more aware of their surroundings, and when you see somebody next to you and you think there’s a connection, say, “Hi, my name is so-and-so,” and just start talking, because there’s going to be an opportunity.

Check out the full interview here.

MEL FILMS

Famous story: 2,000 years ago Mt. Vesuvius erupted, leveling the southern Italian cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Not-so-famous story: Archaeologists are now using a type of X-ray vision to decipher scrolls left behind in a Herculaneum library, even though they’re nothing more than charcoal. We sent MEL Films to Italy to talk to the guys about what they found.

Watch the full mini-doc here.

NEIL YOUNG”S 10 GREATEST NON-HITS

Picking Young’s finest deep cuts proves challenging because his catalog is so revered that even songs that never landed on the charts (like, say, “Sugar Mountain”) are well-known. Undaunted — and in honor of his new collection, Earth — we’ve compiled a list of 10 under-the-radar gems that don’t appear on any live albums or greatest-hits collections.

“Albuquerque” (1975) — On an album in which the artist chronicled the loss of friends to drug addiction, “Albuquerque” finds its narrator seeking some quiet time for himself “independent from the scene that I’ve known.”

“Don’t Cry No Tears” (1975) — On “Don’t Cry No Tears,” which has been covered by everyone from Matthew Sweet to Eddie Vedder, Young snarls that getting all weepy about the woman who’s left him won’t do any good: “‘Cause when all the water’s gone / The feeling lingers on.”

“Safeway Cart” (1994) — Young occasionally works in a moodier, almost dreamlike mode. That’s demonstrated beautifully with “Safeway Cart,” a shimmering, ominously low-key portrait of urban poverty.

Check out the full list here.

COMIC RELIEF

Laugh at us some more here.

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FROM THE MEL ARCHIVE

Part Henry David Thoreau, part Robinson Crusoe, Rob Greenfield, 29, is a former marketing man who had his own Don Draper moment a few years ago and chucked it all for an eco-mindful lifestyle. Read the full article here.

CLOSING SHOT

A block of downtown Los Angeles slated for demolition plays host to two of the city’s most important nightlife venues: one for the Latino queer community, the other for the all-ages independent music scene. We sent photographer Carlos Nuñez to document the cultures at risk of being erased. Check out the full photo essay here.