I shall speak of ... how melancholy and utopia preclude one another. How they fertilize one another ... Of the revulsion that follows one insight and precedes the next ... Of superabundance and surfeit. Of stasis and progress. And of myself, for whom melancholy and utopia are heads and tails of the same coin.
-- Gunter Grass would have celebrated his 90th birthday today,
Do we need depression in order to be fully idealistic? Peter Kramer says 'no'.