, What happens when you become conscious of change? In 1936, the American novelist Francis Scott Fitzgerald relates what that mental event represented for him in a brief essay, The Crack-up. What were the causes of the 'crack-up'? In fact, in his case, there are so many of them that they become irrelevant: alcoholism and the deterioration of his body, the economic crisis of the 30s, etc. What matters is that a series of tiny fissures (meaningless in themselves) end up one day producing a rupture, Our lives are always caught in processes of becoming
, Either I ignore the change and go on living (not a very good word? surviving?) in a fossilized manner (like Toby or Walter in Sterne's book), or I cross the frontier, I develop a new identity, I invest new territories, I run away in another direction. For it undeniably will have to be a flight away from my former certainties which have suddenly proved to be illusions. (Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari analyse Fitzgerald's essay in Chapter VIII of Mille Plateaux. Cf. Capitalisme et schizophrénie 2 (Engl. transl, A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia
, I fully agree with King that words, and more generally, discourse will never bridge the gaps that I suddenly find yawning in my life and
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