2.09.2009

demons

i've been having a hard time writing the next entry in this blog, which is going to be about the relation between depression, creativity, and medication. as you might guess, it's a big and unwieldy complex of ideas and emotions. additionally, i have very little privacy here, which makes it more difficult to write - you can hear every footstep and shouting match in this house, and the television is usually on. so it's been challenging and slow-going.

so i thought, in the interval, i might as well post some of the titles of books and materials that i want to consult for this project, for my archives and for your perusal.

if anyone has any suggestions (for research materials or for ways to deal with a stressful, utterly depressing home situation), please feel free to post them.

  • The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression by Andrew Solomon
  • Anatomy of Melancholy by Robert Burton
  • Darkness Visible by William Styron
  • Unholy Ghost, edited by Nell Casey
  • The Crack-Up by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Depression: Out of the Shadows, a PBS documentary
  • The Sickness Unto Death by Soren Kierkegaard
  • Touched With Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament by Kay Redfield Jamison
  • Lincoln's Melancholy by Joshua Wolf Shenk

that's all for right now. i'd also be interested in finding some good blogs about depression and/or writing, as well as any websites, movies, or works of art, not just books and documentary films.

2 comments:

AmyWeen said...

This one book called "The Science Of Happiness" was a little helpful for me... and as you know... every little bit helps.

His Majesty King Mob said...

thank you, amy.