Thursday, November 15, 2012

What do you read when you are feeling down?

Photograph of Joan Didion by Julian Wasser. 1972

Nothing quite like reading someone more obsessive and neurotic than yourself to feel better at the end of a stressful, less than stellar day. Joan Didion, tonight {as most nights} you are my girl. 

Reading her collection Slouching Towards Bethlehem for the first time, I have been purposely saving it for a day like this. Don't know about you but when I am down... cheerful, funny books irritate me. So I reach for melancholic, nostalgic, moody, poetic writing by my favorite female authors.

What do you read when you are feeling down?


  1. There's nothing quite like modern non-fiction that could make me feel even a wee bit better. I'd usually go for Chuck Klosterman's essays.
    Or Slavoj Žižek. But that's a different story.

    1. i'm aware of chuck klosterman's work but i don't believe i have actually read any of his essays. will look some up.

      re: žižek, totally.

  2. I revisit a "comfort book" that I've read so often that it feels like I am seeing friends again. I remember I used to read "A Home at the End of the World" often, and then for a while it was "Jane Eyre", then Donna Tartt's "The Secret History". But it can also be adventure stories like the "Song of Ice and Fire" series by George R R Martin or anything by Tolkien.

  3. I am going to embarrass myself in this intellectual discussion by admitting i go for something very simple, in all senses of the word- like the Twilight. Or even Harry Potter. :-) and fall asleep. perfect.