Interlude: Anxiety and depression

This one’s not really about me, although I have my regular crashes and it may be a mild form of depression. Who knows.

No, this is about the wonderful Scott Lynch, whose books have entertained us far too sporadically over the years (and I regret that this sounds critical, rather than simply regretful) but are always – always – a joy to read.

This was a really brave and admirable thing for Lynch to come forward with. I’d heard a bit about his issues in the past, but this was new information. And I can certainly empathise. Of course, if I stopped writing altogether I’d disappoint tens of people, but that’s a different sort of angst altogether.

Anyway, this made me stop and think, and it’s well worth a read. I hope we’ll be seeing more work from Lynch in the near future, but if not – I can wait.

– Pre-written at 02:30am dear God what’s wrong with me I’m going to bed.

About Hatboy

I’m not often driven to introspection or reflection, but the question does come up sometimes. The big question. So big, there’s just no containing it within the puny boundaries of a single set of punctuationary bookends. Who are these mysterious and unsung heroes of obscurity and shadow? What is their origin story? Do they have a prequel trilogy? What are their secret identities? What are their public identities, for that matter? What are their powers? Their abilities? Their haunted pasts and troubled futures? Their modus operandi? Where do they live anyway, and when? What do they do for a living? Do they really have these fantastical adventures, or is it a dazzlingly intellectual and overwrought metaphor? Or is it perhaps a smug and post-modern sort of metaphor? Is it a plain stupid metaphor, hedged around with thick wads of plausible deniability, a soap bubble of illusory plot dependent upon readers who don’t dare question it for fear of looking foolish? A flight of fancy, having dozed off in front of the television during an episode of something suitably spaceship-oriented? Do they have a quest, a handler, a mission statement, a department-level development objective in five stages? I am Hatboy.
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4 Responses to Interlude: Anxiety and depression

  1. dreameling says:

    I really like how measuredly open (and eloquent) Lynch has been about his condition over the years. Brave dude. And his work is definitely good enough to wait.

    The human brain can be an absolutely stupidly buggy thing. I imagine that’s the price of all that wonderful, powerful complexity.

  2. brknwntr says:

    We need more people like this in the world. Ideally of course we would have NO people like this in the world, but since we do have them, we need more of them. I often run into an attitude of

    “yes, your depression is real, but only because YOU think it is. If you would decide it isn’t real, you would be just like “normal” people.”

    This is crippling to deal with.

    • dreameling says:

      “yes, your depression is real, but only because YOU think it is. If you would decide it isn’t real, you would be just like “normal” people.”

      This is crippling to deal with.

      Yeah. Thankfully, attitudes have changed and continue to change, at least in Finland, but you still run into this depressingly often (no pun intended). I feel like punching these people in the dick/vulva. (For the record, I do not.)

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