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 Post subject: Kate Gompert's depression
PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2009 10:07 am 
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Does reading the initial section on Kate Gompert that goes into great description of what feeling depression is like give anyone else chills? I know assuming a character or narraitor is speaking about or experiencing something as the author does is a trap a reader should usually avoid, but I can't help, in this section, thinking that a lot of these feelings spring from DFW's own experience with depression. And in that light, I kind of understand why he erased his own map, as tragic as it is. The protagonist in the story "Good Ol Neon" is also suicidal, but by contrast I don't detect nearly as much of DFW's personal voice in him, so it's not like I'm just drawing a parallel based on the fact that both author and character shared a similar condition. Anyway, I found those passages incredibly poignant and difficult to get through. Anyone else have thoughts on this?


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 Post subject: Re: Kate Gompert's depression
PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2009 1:57 pm 
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Anyway, I found those passages incredibly poignant and difficult to get through. Anyone else have thoughts on this?


You may wish to read responses from topic DFW and Kate Gompert in Daily Discussion.


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 Post subject: Re: Kate Gompert's depression
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Yes, very difficult, intentional fallacies notwithstanding. But I found "Good Old Neon" more raw, more disturbing, sad sad sad sad. A brilliant story.


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 Post subject: Re: Kate Gompert's depression
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Yes. I found the descriptions of Kate Gompert's depression very disturbing. If I haven't experienced it myself, I've seen it in others. Excellent and chilling to say the least.


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 Post subject: Re: Kate Gompert's depression
PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2009 10:44 pm 
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repat wrote:
Yes, very difficult, intentional fallacies notwithstanding. But I found "Good Old Neon" more raw, more disturbing, sad sad sad sad. A brilliant story.


And then throw in The Depressed Person in the Harper's PDF series and in GwCH. Equally harrowing.


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