I think you’re all mad. But that’s part and parcel of being an artistic genius, isn’t it?

marina dock

The only reason she could afford to go to Butler U. was because of her scholarship and the money she’d saved from working at the marina during summer vacations. It wasn’t as though her parents approved, but then they had never approved of anything she did. Sometimes she wondered which was worse: having no family like Kathy, or having such a one as her own.

“It’s probably just a joke,” she said finally. At Kathy’s raised eyebrows, she went on. “He just didn’t look right.”

“Oh, I see. Artists are all supposed to be tall and handsome, right?”

“Well, no. But he looked so… uncouth. Why would Rushkin of all people go around like a dirty beggar looking for a handout?”

“Personally,” Kathy said, “I think you’re all mad. But that’s part and parcel of being an artistic genius, isn’t it? There’s not really that much difference between cutting off your own ear or having pretensions of poverty with an aversion to clean clothes and bathwater. Neither makes much sense.”

by Charles de Lint (born 22 December 1951)
from Memory and Dream (1994)
Baiting the Hook, II
image – mescon

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6 Responses to “I think you’re all mad. But that’s part and parcel of being an artistic genius, isn’t it?”

  1. Mark William Jackson Says:

    Where would we be without this dance with madness, leading ordinary lives within the confines of a punch-clock and mortgage?

  2. E. A. Able Says:

    My notebooks are one place where I can always talk out of turn and pour on the unorthodox color.

  3. cm cook Says:

    let them call is what they will, i only know that it’s who i am.

  4. Juanita Says:

    What’s that saying about there being a certain pleasure (or something) in madness that only madmen know? Well, my point exactly. It’s really the only time (as in, when slightly mad), other than if you’re tripping, that you don’t give a flying toss what AnYOnE thinks of what you’re doing!

  5. E. A. Able Says:

    Juanita! You’re back!

  6. Maria Says:

    Maybe mad is only a term to describe what is puzzling to most.
    The common saying … “There is a reason to the madness” is literally true. There is always order even in chaos and everything has a purpose that transcends what we can see and perceive at the moment.

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