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Re: our holy days (was: RE: Poll by Email No. 14

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Tuesday, June 11, 2002, 5:11
And Rosta scripsit:

> Not so off-topic, because -- I remark, following on from the > recent threads of self-discloure -- for me, vacations in which > I vacate my home are mere chores undertaken for the satisfaction > of people I am placed under an obligation towards by my affection > for them. The true holiday is to stay at home and devote myself > utterly to poetry and conlanging.
I don't go that far: I agree that activity 2 is preferable to activity 1, but activity 1 has its uses also: in particular, it helps to reset the conscious mind. Sometimes direct pursuit of creativity does not achieve it.
> It is these precious > weeks, during which I am transported into a rapture of the most > intense exalted joy, the experience of which utterly transforms > the experience of life from something like a dull ache to > something like a constant orgasm, that I really live for, and > they make the rest of the year feel grey, unrewarding and a > chafing and frustrating impediment to regaining that joy.
Again, this goes too far for me.
> This > mode of experiencing life is common among artists and drug > addicts, though with the latter but not the former both the > highs and the lows tend to get lower over time. (I should add, > for clarification, that I myself am not addicted to any narcotic > but tobacco and coffee; knowing my susceptibility to addiction > and compulsive behaviour, I have been careful not even to sample > other addictive narcotics.)
Now this is me altogether, sans tobacco and coffee. When absolutely constrained (e.g. by falling asleep at work) I take a caffeine pill, but on no account two days running no matter what, or the third non-pill-taking day features me being racked by an insufferable headache. -- John Cowan <jcowan@...> I amar prestar aen, han mathon ne nen, han mathon ne chae, a han noston ne 'wilith. --Galadriel, _LOTR:FOTR_