Memories from before nightfall

The Yale Alumni Magazine has a moving and beautifully written article that is both a tribute to a college friend who recently took his own life and a wider discussion of depression, suicide and friendship.

The writer is Andrew Solomon, perhaps best known for one of the finest books on the experience, meaning and science of depression – ‘The Noonday Demon’ – and this latest article follows in his honest and subtly powerful style.

There’s not a lot I can say that would do the piece justice except that it is warm without being sentimental and perceptive without distance. Highly recommended.
 

Link to article ‘To an Aesthete Dying Young’ (via MeFi).

One Comment

  1. Xan
    Posted September 20, 2010 at 4:29 am | Permalink

    Thank you for sharing this piece. I’ll have to carry on reading it when I’m not in work and can afford it the emotion it deserves. It’s a subject close to home, that I’ve had the most profound displeasure in experiencing first hand on several occasions, and it proved too much reading it right now
    Sincerely, thanks again.


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