Gimme Some Melancholia PLEASE!!

peter-lorreI just thought I’d put a plug in for feelings that are no longer fashionable or should I say no longer respected as part of the human experience. Melancholia – was a state of mind author Edgar Allan Poe (and his characters) was often afflicted with. Gloom, morbidness and bouts of melancholia (it is always “bouts”) are my wheelhouse. I’d hate to think where I’d of been in my childhood with the likes of Poe and Dracula, Bela Lugosi, Peter Lorre and Creature Double Features. Locked up probably (although I guess that stint in the children’s home would qualify as such!). Also, seldom does my fiction – or at least the tales of mine I’m fond of – drift out of the downer doldrums. This pleases me. Of course one can suffer from dives into the mosh pits of depression and despair and loose ones way out. God only knows I and most of my relatives have. But I beg of you, let’s not throw out the gloomy melancholic baby with the-now-a-days stupid excess of happiness we are all supposed to experience. It’s just too depressing to ponder!

Cras ultricies cursus tortor, at posuere metus. Maecenas porttitor, purus id rutrum facilisis

I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.

— Edgar Allan Poe¬†

Dude. Am I growing a new bone inside my brain?

Because if not, I don’t understand why these earplugs won’t fit in my right ear anymore. They come out all squiggly, having jammed part-way in. Three in a row. “Compare to Flent’s” it says on the Walgreens container—as if I wasn’t having a Kafaesque enough day as it was.

Narcissism 101 with T. S. Eliot

Half the harm that is done in this world
Is due to people who want to feel important
They don’t mean to do harm
But the harm does not interest them.
Or they do not see it, or they justify it
Because they are absorbed in the endless struggle
To think well of themselves.

T. S. Eliot

Nice! “But the harm does not interest them.” Thanks, Narcissism 101.