Mourning and Melancholia

Freud's Mourning and Melancholia finally arrived today-- I ordered it and several other books in October with the justification that I needed to bump up my father's birthday order to a minimum that guaranteed free shipping. And so indulgence is wed to generosity.

But I digress. I took a break from real (read: paid) work to start it this afternoon, and of course I highly recommend it - and all the good doctor's work. I also highly recommend Robert Burton's The Anatomy of Melancholy for anyone so inclined, whether by intellectual bent or emotional trauma.