Sunday, June 03, 2012

Don't Worry!

I'm making good headway with this LBJ bio in case you were worried. Hey remember how I put aside the massive Sabbatai Sevi bio to read the LBJ bio? Turns out these two dudes have a lot in common! From the LBJ bio: "Lyndon Johnson's changes in mood had always been violent, veering from his sad, silent spells to the periods of almost frenzied euphoria that his aides called 'highs.'" From a contemporary account in SABBATAI SEVI: THE MYSTICAL MESSIAH: "he suffers anxieties that leave him constantly depressed and do not even permit him to read... he suffers until the anxiety departs from him, when he returns with great joy to his studies." Sometimes when he was in one of his happy moods, Sabbatai Sevi would do strange things: "One day he bought a very large fish, dressed it up like a baby, and put it into a cradle." Okay! Yeah, and LBJ might suddenly leap up on a wall or make a sad fat man ride a horse against his will.