Monday 5 June 2017

Not Too Unhappy

'Not too unhappy?' he said, getting to his feet. 
'Of course I'm unhappy. But it's quite bearable. Even interesting. I'd like to work it out on my own, for however long that takes...'
Altered States, ch. 15

One is reminded of Brookner's words in her 1994 Independent interview:
Depression can be quite fruitful if it leads to thoughtfulness, inwardness. Certainly my parents' deaths, certainly disappointments in love have led to periods, yes, quite long periods of depression - but they haven't been entirely defeating, you see, they've been quite nourishing. Because you're very receptive when you're in that state: in fact, it's invaluable.

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