Staying with the 'Times, Garrison Keillor has a good time beating up on Eric Wilson's Against Happiness in which the author seems to argue that America's relentless pursuit of a good mood means less art and poetry, fewer suburbs and...well I'm not sure either.
"To argue for melancholia as a force for creativity prompts the question, Why isn’t this a better book, since the author is so miserable? And a Minnesotan reading Wilson, a North Carolinian, on the tonic effect of melancholy winter has to smile."
Me too, actually. Thanks for that.
Posted by Dave