Tuesday, September 24, 2002


Anhedonia - n. an inability to derive pleasure from events or stimuli previously found pleasurable.

Here’s the thing: when you come across a term like ‘anhedonia’ does it help you define the state you’re in, or help you to realize it more completely? Do I have anhedonia now because I have the term lodged in the back of my head? If I had been born in a time before neat psychological definitions were available would I still have the feeling I have now – that everything I used to take comfort and pleasure in is now crap? Is a brisk walk in the fresh air and sunshine all I really need? Bootstrap tugging and soldiering on with things, as my grandmother would no doubt suggest.

The thing is: I’m not having any fun.

Regardless, the idea of Indiana Jones as a tattoo artist still made me smile.


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