In the middle of the journey of our life, I found myself in a dark wood, for I had lost the right path. –Dante
Click play to listen. Recorded on November 1, 1996.
Acclaimed author William Styron discusses themes from his 1992 publication “Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness.” He describes his own struggle with the disorder and paints a picture of depression as a wide-spread disorder, yet carrying with it a cultural stigma that keeps many sufferers from seeking help. Styron explores the work of famous artists and their melancholia, as well as the struggles of a White House aide who eventually took his own life. Styron describes his experience of being highly suicidal and the process of rebirth and recovery.