Today we celebrate the work and birth of Antonin Artaud, who was born on this day in 1896.
I always struggle with the way many writers are portrayed if they also suffered from mental illness; it seems too often that such illnesses precede their work in the media or in the minds of the public. But, to completely separate the two doesn’t seem fair to the writer’s authenticity, either. So, after some consideration I decided to go ahead and feature this next article from Slate regarding Artaud’s artistic creativity inside the mental institutions where he spent a considerable amount of time: “Mad as Hell: Antonin Artaud’s pictures from a psychiatric institution.”
Don’t forget to check out the Goodreads for Artaud: “Goodreads: Antonin Artaud.” I have finally joined Goodreads instead of simply watching from afar, so feel free to join me. My profile is a bit bare at the second, but I promise it’ll look less sketchy within the next few weeks: “Goodreads: Tiffany Ragsdale.”
Labor Day is upon us, so take advantage of the extra reading time.