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“Were all these writers and artists more fragile than ordinary human beings or do we just know their names? It does seem as if there is a peril association with gift, a proclivity to break your brain just as professional skiers may be apt to break their legs as they swoop downward through wind and snow. It may be that to see and tell the story of human error is to dare to expose yourself to the sacred flash of truth that can drive you mad. Or are you mad to try in the first place?”

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source: Art and Madness: A Memoir of Lust Without Reason (New York: Nan A. Talese, 2011), 182–83.

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“I’m very interested in someone’s path to knowledge being a kind of madness. I’m interested in the route that people must take to arrive at a spot where they can be large and whole and responsive.”

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source: “Scott Spencer,” interviewed by Lorrie Moore, BOMB magazine, issue 67, Spring 1999.

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