Anxiety & Me pt. 6, ‘Spike Milligan, dark wisdom, and getting down to work’

Personal essays on mental illness and creativity.

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Source: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/sep/04/spike-milligan-statue-hero-worship Source: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/sep/04/spike-milligan-statue-hero-worship

Written by Beth Jellicoe

[This post takes the form of six short essays on creativity and mental illness, which will be serialised in the coming weeks on Bootleg Noise and on Beth’s own blog]

1. “A little bit mentally ill”
2. “You have a broken leg? Try meditation!”
3. The stories that make us
4. Tragedy and Triumph
5. “Dad, I’m scared about aliens”
6. Spike Milligan, dark wisdom, and getting down to work


6. Spike Milligan, dark wisdom, and getting down to work

I knew that Tony Hancock, Paul Merton, Spike Milligan and a lot of the others were mentally ill, and I always somehow assumed it made them funnier – that it fed the black humour that made them special. I assumed their illness gave them insight into a kind of dark wisdom that other people didn’t have.

But then I saw a picture of…

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