I think the only way to avoid going crazy is to get your story straight, and perhaps the only way you can get the story straight is to allow yourself in some sense to go mad. It is also true for mad men and mad women that everything is significant. Paranoids and schizophrenics and depressives deal with the world as if every falling leaf had - well, they take the world personally. That’s almost by definition a mad person. And I guess an artist has to do the same thing.
― Russell Banks in Casting America’s Outcasts: A Dialogue between Russell Banks and Loïc Wacquant (via k-airosclerosi-s)