The Thing Is

“The thing about mental illness is…there are no clear boundaries, easy definitions, succinct categorizations or unitary meanings that help waylay the anguish, the despair, or the visceral ontological sense of paradox which become manifest whenever they so choose. My writing allows me to at least attempt to match this epistemological tempest without maliciously inflicting apoplexy on unsuspecting, unprotected, others, while also, simultaneously, decompressing the defining, repeating, infinite moment of haunting loss which holds inside it, and very deep inside its deceptive hollows: the most personal of histories, the richest nuance of experience, and a maginficent potential for profound intellectual communion(within our suffering and grief-stricken souls).”

–Henry Roth (1906-1995)