I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me earlier to delve deeper into the world of tortured/not tortured neurologically ill artists. And by art, I mean any and all forms of the arts, darlings. I’m intensely fascinated by it all, and a big fan of the cerebral artgasm. It works out for me because I’m not scared to think and opine, no matter how ill-informed I am. This ain’t curation, kids, it’s just a fast and dirty roundup of contemporary things, and does not necessarily reflect the multimillion dollar private art collection of yours truly.
Today’s linkdump is brought to you by the words subjective and snarky.
But it before we get into it, here’s something to either put you in a good mood, or become homicidal in my direction, because…
That’s my jam yo. Earworm, much?
I have an issue with the fact that grief was listed as a mental illness in this video, and also with the notion that 100 mentally ill people walking into the sea representing isolation. For me, the instant connection is poet Ingrid Jonker who (mentally ill herself) killed herself by doing just that.There’s just one more issue and that is this:
Shakespeare wasn’t wrong when he wrote nothing new under the sun, but, well, that one’s a bit obvious innit? And it’s not as if Anthony Gormley is an unknown either. Dude is global.
Talented Tammy shares paintings and hope. Ahem. Talent is in the eye of the beholden beholder. Apropos of absolutely nothing, Talented Tammy would make a perfectly (in)decent pornstar name, don’t you think?
This County’s Residents Are Displaying Their Portraits to End Mental Illness Stigma. I remain singularly unimpressed on an arty farty level, while genuinely appreciating the courage and purpose of the project.
Living with mental illness Highly recommended by yours truly – be sure to view the slideshow.
Paul Butterfield Jr
Poet Shira Erlichman Beautifully Destigmatizes Mental Illness
Ode to Lithium #1
How I wear my mental illness (I’ve read reports claiming that bipolar is the most expensive disorder, therefore my mental illness needs to be dressed accordingly. BRB phoning Karl Lagerfeld)
“But was McQueen’s furious embrace – or unconscious denial, perhaps, of his homosexuality? – crucial to his art and self-esteem? There’s no easy answer, and current psychobabble clichés defining mood-swings as ‘Bi-polar’ are so vague they’re meaningless.” Alexander McQueen; Meathead Maverick or Melancholy Martyr? (or as I like to call him, Alex the filthy rich fashion designer)
don’t ask me, I have no idea what that was all about
Motherhood and mental illness in American Horror Story (I am terrified of horror movies etc, reality is horrific enough tyvm)
Fire & Ice – a humorous documentary about making a documentary about mental illness.
The Two-Face Waltz: An Exploration of Bipolar Disorder Through Dance & Film, Kristin Axtell
(I lost the will to live before any movement had taken place. Modern dance can kiss my opinionated ass.)
“About the Book: John E. Wade II, retired CPA, author, investor, television producer, and philanthropist, reveals in his memoir, The Bipolar Millionaire and the Operation, his personal struggle with bipolar disorder and his experience being the focus of an all-encompassing and benevolent entity he calls the Operation.”
John E. Wade II’s memoir The Bipolar Millionaire and the Operation.
(personally, I think it is the shit of bats. Fruitbats. Fruitbats that eat Fruit Loops)
The woman who appeared on Billboard Magazine with a paper bag on her head, Sia Furler – the socially phobic pop star (me like the ditty)
“Well, I’ve got thick skin and an elastic heart,
But your blade – it might be too sharp
I’m like a rubber band until you pull too hard,
Yeah, I may snap and I move fast
But you won’t see me fall apart
‘Cause I’ve got an elastic heart”
10 brilliant musicians who’ve battled mental illness
Into Darkness: The Vina Mae Thompson Story
Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos Discuss Bipolar Disorder in PSA
Halsey opens up about being a reluctant role model.
8tracks.com mixes tagged with bipolar
Bipolar Disorder and Music (natural psychology)
She’s got bipolar disorder, her shit’s not in order…
“I’ve been in therapy my whole life,” she tells me. “In my art I explore all the facets of my trauma. There are times when it has come back to bite me in the butt, but I think it’s important to talk about the uncomfortable things.” Mary Lambert: Gay Christian, bipolar singing sensation is on a mission to blow celebrity stereotypes apart. (one word in one song, I’m still waiting for la Lambert to talk more about bipolar)
Kristin Hersh Crooked Paradoxical Undressing (have I told you how much I miss the 90s riotgrrrls?)
Woooord to ya muthah! *faintly embarrassed look and a dejected plane ticket to Caucasia*
(have I told you how much I love hip hop?)
Anxiety is a moon. The moon is white and sometimes yellow, and it’s agitating to have such a bipolar appearance that’s hard to control. The constant nervousness causes the low self-esteem to inflate and erupt into these gargantuan craters that leave behind permanent marks on both the inside and the outside. The fact that the moon is so gigantic and can’t fit anywhere only increases the uneasiness. Sometimes, junk food and dairy products are the perfect solution to relieve stress. Although the moon is supposed to be like cheese, it is unfortunately too far away to slice a piece off and munch the worry away, and so the stress strengthens. The moon can sometimes be like a teenager that compares itself to the other masses in the galaxy and gets sad and tense that it doesn’t have an even complexion, and isn’t as perfectly round as the others are. Every time the moon tries to approach the earth, the earth’s habitants stare at the moon with wide eyes. What insensitive beings, the moon is already insecure enough. (Tiffany Chu)
(I can’t even…)