Varieties of Madness

NY Review

Insanity fascinates me – at least when viewed from distance. But having lived through the insanity of a beloved wife – and later, her suicide – I know how tiring and distressing it can be.

This is best shown in the second book of the series – one you may have heard of – A Beautiful Mind – where the wife devotes her life to the care of her insane husband and son. The husband eventually recovers, and gets a Nobel Prize as a physicist.

I cannot help but compare this with the fate of Nietzsche – who got no medical care at all. Medical Science is a science, and one we can be grateful for.

It’s a long article – give yourself plenty of time to read it.


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