Eric G. Wilson
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Tales about travel don't always end well: Planes crash into jungles and ships run aground. For NPR's "Book Your Trip" series, Lynn Neary considers the rich genre of travel disaster literature.
In a new book, an English professor sets out to uncover the source of our attraction to the gruesome and grim. Drawing on a cross-section of disciplines, Eric G. Wilson argues that there's something nourishing in darkness.
Americans love to be happy — just look at the self-help section of your local book store. But writer and professor Eric Wilson concludes there is a vital need for sadness in the world and says we're missing out if we medicate it away.
Eric G. Wilson, author of Against Happiness, has embraced his inner gloom and wishes more people would do the same. He talks to Melissa Block about why the world needs melancholy and the link between sadness and artistic creation.