Sunday, August 16, 2015

Melancholy's Deep Cuts

n. the tendency to give up trying to talk about an experience because people are unable to relate to it—whether through envy or pity or simple foreignness—which allows it to drift away from the rest of your life story, until the memory itself feels out of place, almost mythical, wandering restlessly in the fog, no longer even looking for a place to land.
- John Koenig

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows   is a web project designed to put words to out-of-place feelings of discomfort, melancholy, alienation and the sort.  Though a series of technically well-made videos have popped up like the below, the tendency of these videos to try to set a prognosis for each ailment winds up falling short, veering dangerously close to an Upworthy style treacle of uplift.  I prefer these as undiagnosed, uncurable ailments, blind spots on the cultural radar, if not on the collective unconscious.

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