Thursday, February 04, 2010

the madness, the melancholia

I have forsaken you for over a week.
It was an indulgence.
A short holiday with my mother and son and best friend (and son's godfather). 
I didn't write for a full eight days. 
But I read -- Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby), Colum McCann (Let the Great World Spin), Graham Greene (The Comedians); more about all of those later. 
I leave you with this:

“Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those, who do not write, compose, or paint can manage to escape the madness, the melancholia, the panic fear, which is inherent in a human condition."

-- Graham Greene


Anonymous said...

i, 4-one missed you. just finished reading let the great world spin yesterday. discussing w/book group tonite. can't wait to hear what you thought. hope you had a nice holiday. wonder where you went and what you saw. never sent you a note before...hope all fam is okay. xdeedee

Marilyn said...

Sounds like a lovely interlude. Open skies and a suitcase full of books, oh so good for the soul. Welcome back!

LPC said...

Welcome back. I have found it hard to return after taking care of my stepfather. And that was smallish, compared to what you went through. Take your time. I should have taken more time off myself.

Miss Whistle said...

deedee, thank you, it feels very nice to be missed. would love to hear your thoughts on colum mccann too. our book club is a week away. i loved it.

Miss Whistle said...

marilyn, lpc, thank you -- everything now firing on all cylinders, would recommend a week away for everyone dealing with angst in their lives. much love to you both,
miss w x

CampusLady said...

I missed you! Welcome home xxxx