From "La Idea del Norte", one of the smartest blogs on the Internet, there are several recent post well worth pouring over. The most recent is an engaging meditation on the mad and beautiful work of poet Leopoldo María Panero. Emejota's post immediately brought to mind this passage from a book by Deleuze and Guattari (a book that, among other things, takes up the theme of schizophrenia):
"Are we to speak about Fitzgerald's and Lowry's alcoholism, Nietzsche's and Artaud's madness while remaining on the shore? Are we to wish only that those who have been struck down do not abuse themselves too much? Are we to take up collections and create special journal issues? Or should we go a short way further to see for ourselves, be a little alcoholic, a little crazy, a little suicidal, a little of a guerilla--just enough to extend the crack, but not enough to deepen it irremediably?"
I think Panero very much implicitly challenges us in the same way. Like Emejota, both me fascina y asusta.