Freck’s Demise – A Scanner Darkly

[Freck turns on the radio] Freck Suicide Narrator: Charles Freck, becoming progressively more and more depressed by what was happening around him, decided, finally, to off himself. There was no problem in the circles where he hung out in putting an end to yourself. He just bought a large quantity of downers and took them with some cheap wine. The planning part had to do … Continue reading Freck’s Demise – A Scanner Darkly

The Depressed Person, David Foster Wallace

First published in Harper’s Magazine, January 1998.  The depressed person was in terrible and unceasing emotional pain, and the impossibility of sharing or articulating this pain was itself a component of the pain and a contributing factor in its essential horror. Despairing, then, of describing the emotional pain itself, the depressed person hoped at least to be able to express something of its context- its shape … Continue reading The Depressed Person, David Foster Wallace

What Makes Life Worth Living? Karl Ove Knausgaard

August 28. Now, as I write this, you know nothing about anything, about what awaits you, the kind of world you will be born into. And I know nothing about you. I have seen an ultrasound image and have laid my hand on the belly in which you are lying, that is all. Six months remain until you will be born, and anything at all … Continue reading What Makes Life Worth Living? Karl Ove Knausgaard

The Coward’s Way

She daydreams scenarios.  Scenarios in which she is the hero. Scenarios in which she protects others from harm, saving lives and dying as a martyr. Fantasies in which she shields others from the damning clutches of an untimely death brought upon by terrorists, grabbing and gripping the bomber so tightly in the miraculous hope of blocking shrapnel and fiery chemical inferno from innocents lives. Her … Continue reading The Coward’s Way