Sunday, March 21, 2010

The unfamiliarity and hostility of physical objects

Objects should not touch because they are not alive. You use them, put them back in place, you live among them. They are useful nothing more. But they touch me, it is unbearable. I am afraid of being in contact with them as though they were living beasts.

—1959 edition, p 19, (Novel) La Nausée by Jean-Paul Sartre

Sartre's physical condition deteriorated, partially because of the merciless pace of work (and using drugs for this reason, e.g. amphetamine)

Amphetamine (amfetamine (INN)) is a psychostimulant drug that is known to produce increased wakefulness and focus in association with decreased fatigue and appetite.

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