Sound familiar? Was that latest essay the straw that broke your sanity?
Well dear reader, I heartily recommend that y0u breathe, get out of the foetal position and take a couple of hours to watch Howl (2010) currently on BBC iPlayer.
Written and directed by Rob Epstein and Jefferey Friedman, the film focuses on Allen Ginsberg's infamous poem Howl and its equally infamous 1957 obscenity trial. James Franco is excellent as Ginsberg, chain smoking during a laid back interview in his apartment and filled with fire at the pulpit of the first performance of the poem in 1955. Franco aside, some of the most interesting moments of the film come from Eric Drooker's animated sections, where he transfers Ginsberg's ranging, yelping poem into a beautifully disturbing cartoon that looks like it came out of Tim Burton's nightmares. It's worth a look for these scenes alone.