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Old 17-04-2012, 12:54 AM   #1
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Default A Season in Hell, by Mark Dery

I found this essay via Gary Rollman at Psychology of Pain blog.
A Season in Hell Great by the way. Excellent writer.

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"...metaphors are the skeleton key to a society’s unconscious... Illness may not be metaphor, but metaphor is the mill we use to grind meaning; it keeps insinuating itself (as it just did) into the stories we tell ourselves about our diseases: Why me? What does it all mean? Even Sontag can’t resist beginning her critique of the cultural costs of metaphor with a metaphor:

Illness is the night-side of life, a more onerous citizenship. Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick. Although we all prefer to use only the good passport, sooner or later each of us is obliged, at least for a spell, to identify ourselves as citizens of that other place.
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