I have been thinking a lot about melancholy since my conversation with Chris over Thanksgiving weekend. I think I was onto something when I said that melancholy was “the backdrop against which my entire life is lived.” It is nothing less than an orientation towards experience, a lens through which I see the world.
But I don’t know that it’s as gloomy and sad as the connotations “melancholy” carries. I looked up melancholy in the dictionary and found two definitions:
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