President Obama announces that he will seek Congressional approval before bombing Syria. Oh, how cute — it’s almost like he’s pretending we have a democracy. At therapy, I’m trying to figure out the different places I go in my body to do different kinds of writing: the political essay writing that mostly feels draining; the prose or novel-writing that feels energizing. But then we mostly talk about the draining, although I get all animated and I don’t feel drained at all, not in this case. What does that mean?
But then I feel annoyed that we didn’t talk about the writing that feels energizing. Although right as I’m leaving I realize the difference: the political essay writing isn’t for me, it’s for someone else. The other writing is for me. At first I called the political essay writing interventionist, but both types of writing can function as interventions, just different kinds of interventions.