Monday, October 11, 2010

R is for Raging Repeatedly

R-Runs in the Family. I love Amanda Palmer. Her lyrics are incisive and her style is balls to the wall. In “Runs in the Family” Palmer takes a not-so-delicate look at mental illness, citing different examples of friends who have peculiar “maladies.” The unifying excuse for such illness is the observation that it “runs in the family.” I have bipolar disorder and OCD: as it turns out, both of these illnesses run in my family. And while I can manage these maladies, I will never be entirely free of them. Isn’t that a comforting thought?

If wellness is this what in God’s name is sickness?

Amanda Palmer, “Runs in the Family,” Who Killed Amanda Palmer, 2008