“Are you the SAT because I’d do you for 3 hours and 45 minutes with a 10 minute break halfway through for snacks, and then I can stare at you for like 10 minutes and think ‘wow, I hope I don’t ruin this.”
You’ll pry my Oxford comma from my cold, dead, and lifeless hands.
“Although many writers had had periods of significant depression, mania, or hypomania, they were consistently appealing, entertaining, and interesting people. They had led interesting lives, and they enjoyed telling me about them as much as I enjoyed hearing about them. Mood disorders tend to be episodic, characterized by relatively brief periods of low or high mood lasting weeks to months, interspersed with long periods of normal mood (known as euthymia to us psychiatrists). All the writers were euthymic at the time that I interviewed them, and so they could look back on their periods of depression or mania with considerable detachment. They were also able to describe how abnormalities in mood state affected their creativity. Consistently, they indicated that they were unable to be creative when either depressed or manic.”
“maybe the best proof that language is patriarchal is that it oversimplifies feeling. i’d like to have at my disposal complicated hybrid emotions, germanic traincar constructions like, say, “the happiness that attends disaster.” or: “the disappointment of sleeping with one’s fantasy.” i’d like to show how “intimations of mortality brought on by aging family members” connects with “the hatred of mirrors that begins in middle age.” i’d like to have a word for “the sadness inspired by failing restaurants” as well as for “the excitement of getting a room with a minibar.””