Allie Brosh is back! She’s the genius behind the blog and web comic Hyperbole and a Half, and we’ve missed her since October 2011, when she disappeared from the Internet to battle depression.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that depression sucks. In his memoir Killing the Black Dog, the poet Les Murray describes his fragmentary thoughts, filtered through the disorder, as “kelp marinated in pure pain.” But out of that darkness Brosh has given us a searingly smart and precise account of what it’s like to not “feel anything about anything,” to be stuck in a “boring, lonely, meaningless void.” And she ends on a note—not of hope, exactly, but of the precondition for hope, which is a sense that nothing is definitively known or fixed. We love her post, and we hope you do too.
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