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Esmé Weijun Wang

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    Recovery [from schizophrenia], almost never complete, runs the gamut from a level tolerable to society to one that may not require permanent hospitalization but in fact does not allow even the semblance of normal life. More than any symptom, the defining characteristic of the illness is the profound feeling of incomprehensibility and inaccessibility that sufferers provoke in other people.

    —Sylvia Nasar, A Beautiful Mind
    elissadboukhas quotedlast year
    How can I go on this way?

    And how can I not?

    —Susan Sontag
    elissadboukhas quotedlast year
    John Nash, who has said that the same mind that produced his delusions produced his brilliant ideas.
    elissadboukhas quotedlast year
    McQueen said about his clothing, “I want to empower women. I want people to be afraid of the women I dress,” which is another truth about fashioning normalcy: the way I clothe myself is not merely camouflage. It is an intimidation tactic, as with the porcupine who shows its quills, or the owl that puffs its body in a defensive offensive: dress like everyone should be terrified of you.
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    “The painter constructs, the photographer discloses,” says Susan Sontag in On Photography. I
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    Woodman was always, her friend Giuseppe Gallo said, single-mindedly thinking about photography. Never distracted. “Every moment of Francesca’s life,” he said, “was in preparation for a photograph.” One is more easily prepared with an always-ready model, and what subject is more available for exploration than the self? What better stuff to make art of if one is an ambitious artist, which Woodman undoubtedly was? Why not, as a writer, create essays in which I myself appear?
    elissadboukhas quotedlast year
    Again, from On Photography: “All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability.”
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