Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Jenny Diski

Stranger on a Train: Daydreaming and Smoking Around America with Interruptions

"...I let my thoughts do what they would. Passive watching is an intense and private activity. It leaves a residue."
"Sitting there looking out at the landscape is like having a dye injected so that the tendrils of memory in the brain light up and trace the private history of your mind."
"Think of all the people in the world and then think that each has a story to tell. ... What discouraged was the similarity of the stories, the repetition of the basic forms. ... Only a handful, really, with rather fewer variations than you would expect."

It seems Jenny Diski's life story had quite a few interesting variations, including a kind of foster child relationship with Doris Lessing and sketchy experiences with questionable psychiatric care. One doctor had her injected with methyl amphetamine twice a week in order to induce a state of abreaction.