There are TV shows about illness.
Those shows are about addicts with addictions.
Those shows are about the imbalanced with obsessive disorders.
Those other shows’ treatment of their subject matter ranges from clinical diagnosis to freakshow exploitation.
My itsasickness project is the opposite.
Itsasickness celebrates interesting people – the most interested people in the world. The most intensely interested people in the world.
When I met my wife, it struck me that she was the most interesting person I had ever met in my life. In our first conversation she geeked out about her obsessions. At the time they were Django Reinhardt, her friend Frankie Manning, the poet John Donne, the chemistry of nutrition and more. She rhapsodized encyclopedically. For my part, I geeked out about my then-current obsessions which were the math of classical Indian ragas, politics, film, and Salinger. We talked all night and into the morning. I would have married her that very day.
Everybody knows somebody who is the most interesting person they have ever met. These people are interested. I believe that the people who are obsessed with stuff are beyond-interesting, they are extraordinary. Such people power the world. They make the world more awesome. itsasickness is about them. The sick.
Interesting people are interested in stuff. Embrace your obsession. Celebrate it. You are your obsessions.