I found it fitting yesterday to read through O’Neill’s wikipedia page, to remind myself who exactly he was (troubled, genius, drunk.) And it’s oddly perfect that I’m working on a play here that explores how hereditary depression is. It would definitely seem like he passed his own malaise onto his kids, two of whom killed themselves, one of whom married Charlie Chaplin, which I’ve decided might being like killing yourself. But these were kids that he abandoned. Were they troubled from the moment that he abandoned them, or were they pre-troubled from birth? Were they born with whiskey and angst in their blood, or was it being left as kids that screwed them? Or a hearty mixture of both?

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