I think there’s a common misconception that depression is about something or depression is sadness or some form of negativity. It can represent a sadness or a self-loathing, as the first half of my depression did. It sort of circled back on itself and made me dislike myself more because I was so sad and I didn’t know why and I felt like I needed a reason. … It took me a long time to figure out that something was broken on a fundamental level. There was no reason behind it; it was just the way things were.
Read more interview highlights or an excerpt from her book via the link above.
Image from “Depression Part Two" courtesy of Hyperbole and a Half
Not only is Allie Brosh a smart and funny writer, but she is also a courageous and insightful person. Listen to her moving interview with Terry Gross, especially if you have ever been depressed or know anyone who has.
Thank you, Allie Brosh, for being you.
Check out her blog, Hyperbole and a Half.
Her Reddit AMA is also a great read.
“ To begin a new novel, I look for the biggest problem in my life that I can’t solve or tolerate. Something that drives me nuts, but I can’t fix. Then I find a metaphor that allows me to explore the problem, exaggerating and expanding it beyond reason. I build it up to the worst scenario possible and then find a way to solve it. By the time the book is done, I’ve exhausted all of my emotions around the original problem. Whatever it was, it no longer bothers me. And typically, during the time of writing, the problem has resolved itself. It’s like magic. Try it. It will keep you alive in this world of bullshit.”
“ Whether you fear it or not, disappointment will come. The beauty is that through disappointment you can gain clarity; and with clarity comes conviction and true originality.”
Let’s not forget the film that inspired Terry Gilliam: La Jetée, a visionary 1962 French science fiction featurette by Chris Marker.
While I do love Tyrion, in the end I find Daenerys to be the most badass. But it just hit me: there’s a lion on my surname’s coat of arms, and one of our family sayings is “A rich man owes nothing to anyone.” Oh, and I’m blonde. On the bright side there’s no history of twincest in my family. So…winning?
Now I tell you openly
You have my heart so don’t hurt me
You’re what I couldn’t find
Totally amazing mind
So understanding and so kind
You’re everything to me
de Pablo Neruda
No te amo como si fueras rosa de sal, topacio
o flecha de claveles que propagan el fuego:
te amo como se aman ciertas cosas oscuras,
secretamente, entre la sombra y el alma.
Te amo como la planta que no florece y lleva
dentro de sí, escondida, la luz de aquellas flores,
y gracias a tu amor vive oscuro en mi cuerpo
el apretado aroma que ascendió de la tierra.
Te amo sin saber cómo, ni cuándo, ni de dónde,
te amo directamente sin problemas ni orgullo:
así te amo porque no sé amar de otra manera,
sino así de este modo en que no soy ni eres,
tan cerca que tu mano sobre mi pecho es mía,
tan cerca que se cierran tus ojos con mi sueño.
I’m currently taking a writing course called Book Beasts at GMU. When people ask me what’s it about I like to tell them it’s essentially arts and crafts for adults. In actuality, the course seeks to explicate the marriage of art and writing, and the sorts of established forms out there through which to mold such creatures (e.g, collage, concrete poetry, mosaics, acrostics, etc).
We’ve recently been exploring erasures and I was introduced to this great online erasure creator at Wave Books. What is an erasure you ask? I think the definition on Waves states it best: Erasure is a process by which you can take any text and from it, create a poem.
Here’s one I made….
It can be a deceptively easy process, but I urge you to give it a try. I think erasures are especially fun for those who are a bit leery of poetry.