23 July 2011
RIP Amy Jade Winehouse 1983-2011 Photograph: Andrew Kendall
Nearly all of what you will hear about this immense talent is "drink and drugs" the "27 Club" "what a waste" etc. All this does is perpetuate myth and stigma.
While sudden fame can certainly accelerate matters, in thousands of ordinary cases each year,
untreated mental illness = death. It's been a very sad weekend indeed.
19 July 2011
16 July 2011
I long ago abandoned the notion of a life without storms, or a world without dry and killing seasons. Life is too complicated, too constantly changing, to be anything but what it is. And I am, by nature, too mercurial to be anything but deeply wary of the grave unnaturalness involved in any attempt to exert too much control over essentially uncontrollable forces. There will always be propelling, disturbing elements, and they will be there until, as Lowell put it, the watch is taken from the wrist. It is, at the end of the day, the individual moments of restlessness, of bleakness, of strong persuasions and maddened enthusiasms, that inform one's life, change the nature and direction of one's work, and give final meaning and color to one's loves and friendships.An Unquiet Mind (1995)