Iowa Writer's Workshop
In Surviving Literary Suicide, by Jeffrey Berman, a work in which the author touches on Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath and William Styron, Berman quotes K. Redfield Jamison, who wrote An Unquiet Mind. Jamison’s research showed a 38 percent incidence of manic depression among students at the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop, while less than 1% of the general population suffers from the disease.
As a graduate of and former teacher at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, I wonder why, in at least my experience, the subject was so little discussed.
Numbers from the Centers for Disease Control show that 27 percent of high school students contemplate suicide and 8 percent attempt it.
Iowa, I can imagine the hell it would be... I know when the mind goes, as in melancholia, the imagination also goes. One ceases to sleep, to dream, or is that just me? So where does it go? Maybe it just shuts down. It being the mind, it being imagination... Anhedonia, lack of energy, the feeling one has somehow been hollowed out.
"Imagination is the ability to form mental images, or the ability to spontaneously generate images within one's own mind. It helps provide meaning to experience and understanding to knowledge; it is a fundamental facility through which people make sense of the world, and it also plays a key role in the learning process. A basic training for imagination is the listening to storytelling (narrative), in which the exactness of the chosen words is the fundamental factor to 'evoke worlds'.
"Imagination can also be expressed through stories such as fairy tales or fantasies. Most famous inventions or entertainment products were created from the inspiration of one's imagination.
"One hypothesis for the evolution of human imagination is that it allowed conscious beings to solve problems (and hence increase an individual's fitness) by use of mental simulation." --Wikipedia
Causes Robert Sward Supports
Audubon Society, National Geographic, "Green," the Environment, SPCA...