Stop Falling For the Tortured Artist Myth

Artists, great or not, get to be happy too.

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‘Man goes to doctor. Says he’s depressed. Says life seems harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in a threatening world where what lies ahead is vague and uncertain. Doctor says “Treatment is simple. Great clown Pagliacci is in town tonight. Go and see him. That should pick you up.” Man bursts into tears. Says “But, doctor… I am Pagliacci.’’ (from Watchmen)

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The way artists perceive the world happens to leave them more vulnerable to mental illness.

Here are two reminders that need to be more commonly recognized:

Hey, we’re both tiny specks in a universe full of stars that happened to exist at the same time. Cool!