2/12/2008; 3:13:50 AM Pacific.

Arguing the Upside of Being Down

Eric G. Wilson, author of Against Happiness, has embraced his inner gloom and wishes more people would do the same. He talks to Melissa Block about why the world needs melancholy and the link between sadness and artistic creation.

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The fine print. This landing page is part of the new app that I'm working on, which is a tool for subscribing to and downloading podcasts, otherwise known as a podcatcher. When you set a pref in this app, new podcasts are posted to a Twitter account as they arrive, so that people you know can know what you're listening to, and may choose to listen themselves. There's a place to comment, of course. The cool thing about it, I think, is that if you share a podcast and I do, they both point to the same landing page, so our communities intermix based on who liked that podcast. Who knows where this goes? But it's interesting, imho. DW