“It Was Melancholy that Made Me Write”


Howard Jacobson believes melancholy is a required ingredient of the artist’s temperament. It is the melancholy person who thinks of creating art in the first place. Artistic endeavors are always imbued with melancholy. He says:

CHEERFUL PEOPLE DON’T WRITE NOVELS. CHEERFUL PEOPLE DON’T MAKE ART. THEY BECOME SPORTSMEN.

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3 responses »

  1. There’s a song by Therapy? where the chorus goes something like “Happy people have no story.” I like Jacobson’s quolte better.

  2. Pingback: melancholy. « Sick with Poetry.

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