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    Death-defying creativity

    I just thought right away that I wanted to work. This is a good job. It’s been a good job. Work is the most effective drug therapy there can be. Warren Zevon (1947-2003 ), U.S. songwriter, on being informed that he had mesothelioma cancer, and only months to live. Zevon says that while he is “on the periphery of a lot of despair” and “not too thrilled about this whole deal… at the same time, the songs have never come like this, so I’d have to feel more gratitude than anything. I’m probably in the intensivist creative period of my life.”

    Quoted by Jon Pareles in  “In His time of Dying: Warren Zevon’s last waltz,” New York Times Magazine, January 26, 2003.

    TAGS: Cancer, Death, Work, Creativity, Music, Therapy, Drugs

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