May 7, 2015 | A Return to Melancholy | Katherine Peters
As a graduate student, I read a lot. This year I'm reading a lot of books about different places and people: how they feel, how they act, how they live, how they make sense of the world. Recently, I've been reading a book about addiction and what I would call depression, but the author terms melancholy. The book is The Pastoral Clinic: Addiction and Dispossession along the Rio Grande by Angela Garcia. Throughout the book she describes the lives and worlds of people entering, leaving, and returning to a detox clinic in New Mexico. One passage in particular struck me as interesting.
She describes a woman called Alma, who lost her sister. Her sister died in a car accident from a drunk driver. What is interesting about this woman is that she talks about her sister as if she is still living, and still reading books. Alma seems to be stuck in a state called melancholy.
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