In his excellent book, Against Happiness, Eric Wilson discusses (among other things) melancholy's "wonderous paradox," which is "the ability to be serious and playful at once." "The mood fosters an ability to be utterly involved in the suffering world but also, at the same time, out of the game, above the fray, aloof, tranquil, as graceful… Continue reading Gen X: Jaded and Shallow?
That Americans will do almost anything to enjoy a happy life here and now is news to very few people. Books, drugs, plastic surgery, therapy, amulets, meditation, exercise, stocks, bonds, clothes, phones, sermons, food, and everything else is consumed by Americans in search of a happy and almost stress free life. We spend half of… Continue reading On Being Sad