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.
written by The relationship between creativity and mental illness – a fascinating study based on writers from the prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Kurt Vonnegut was among the subjects.

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Frank Auerbach

- Peter Sis
The author’s charming and useful tendency to lose track of his destination became a serious real-life problem in the case of the books about the walk across Europe—the most beloved of his works, which have achieved the status of cult classics particularly among adventure-bent youth…. However many the detours, Leigh Fermor’s youthful journey did have a destination, which the author finally reached: he got to ‘Constantinople’ on New Year’s Eve, 1935, a little shy of his twenty-first birthday.
written by In case you missed it: Daniel Mendelsohn wrote about the concluding volume of Patrick Leigh Fermor's legendary trilogy, as well as PLF's “helpless penchant for digressions literal and figurative” in the June 19, 2014 issue of The New York Review of Books

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Timothy Hull The Discus Thrower Oil on Canvas 2012
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Gotthard Graubner, Farbraum.  Aquarell auf Krepppapier, 1970

The Stranger, Albert Camus (M, 20s, red corduroy pants, blue button-down, brown messenger bag, L&Q trains)
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Adela Andea, installation of “Primordial Garden” 
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(Unknown). Tree of Diagnosis. (Unknown).
Tibetan Buddhist tree of diagnosis with doctors engaged in observation, palpation, and consultation, a copy of Plate 3 of the Lhasa Tibetan Medical Paintings; Lhasa, central Tibet; date unknown; pigments on cloth and brocade.

Virginia Woolf, The Waves
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Margaret Kilgallen, Untitled, c. 2000

told slant in brooklyn on july 4th