[LMB] No lefties in the Nexus

Pat Mathews mathews55 at msn.com
Fri Oct 4 22:52:29 BST 2019

I had a coffee cup with Van Gogh's Starry Night on it. I also had cataracts at the time, later corrected by surgery. I loved that painting, and was totally sure what caused it: what he'd painted was what I saw every night.
From: lois-bujold-bounces at lists.herald.co.uk <lois-bujold-bounces at lists.herald.co.uk> on behalf of Beatrice Otter <beatrice_otter at zoho.com>
Sent: Friday, October 4, 2019 11:17 AM
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Subject: Re: [LMB] No lefties in the Nexus

On Oct 4, 2019 5:39 AM, Rebecca Price <becca7108 at gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm bipolar. I've also written a bunch of fairytale books. I have never
> been able to hold a job more than 3 years, have done ECT, and had 2 stints
> in the hospital for depression.  I've gone on incredible spending sprees,
> like spending 5K at an art fair on stained glass.  Would I trade my fairy
> tales for a more even life? I'd have to think about it, but probably yes.

Vincent Van Gogh was a more productive painter when his illness was more under control.  In fact, he painted sunflowers because he was on medication that mitigated some of his symptoms and, as a side effect, also tends to make the color yellow appear more vivid for some reason.  A lot of people with mental illness are more creative and more productive when their illnesses are under control.  Right now most treatments have side effects that make creativity more difficult because they create a foggy brain, but I'm assuming in the Nexus that won't be the case.  If they don't cure it, they will probably have very finely targeted medication/surgery/therapy that will fix the actual problem without creating others to replace it.

Beatrice Otter
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