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Does Creativity Require Depression? [20 Apr 2005|01:27pm]
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Peter Kramer, the author of Listening to Prozac, argues that depression is a disease, no more no less. He claims that our society mistakenly links the condition to romantic and creative powers — a sign of sensitivity and refinement akin to the Victorian view of tuberculosis. It’s an interesting article: Kramer excavates the origins of the idea that great art requires a tortured soul and presents a sound argument against those who still claim that this is true.

I know that I have fallen prey to this notion, and whole subcultures - including aesthetes of a certain stripe - have been formed around this assumption. I wonder, how do other people feel about this idea?

There's Nothing Deep About Depression
by Peter D. Kramer. (Links to the New York Times, free registration required)

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