Aaron Altman: Wouldn’t this be a great world if insecurity and desperation made us more attractive? If “needy” were a turn-on? (Broadcast News)
I’m a perfectionist, and I always want to make people happy, no matter who they are. These qualities have combined to make me miserable for much of my life. I’m working on changing these qualities about myself, but I’m not having the best summer.
Does art ever offer solace for depression? I think so, but I’m hard-pressed to come up with any examples from literature that actually make me feel better. Now there are certainly songs I can listen to again and again at times like these. Movies, too. And the act of reading, by itself, helps to take my thoughts away and also knocks me out of my self-pitying introspection. However, I’m not sure that there are particular written works that, for me, address despair in a way that makes despair less taxing. I do like some of what Satan has to say in Paradise Lost, but maybe it’s best not to admit that in public.