An eclectic series of short stories and anecdotal personal essays lacking any discernible cohesive theme, Renaissance Man is a reductionist attempt at assigning meaning to life's monotony. From anger to love, country music to Game of Thrones, mental illness to comedy - this is an exploration of that which we take for granted, and the consequences of that behavior for our lives.
We treat mental illness as if it's a deviant or divergent characteristic, assuming that depression and the like only affect a small percentage of our national population. But the truth is, one in five Americans lives with some form of mental illness. How many more celebrity suicides before we acknowledge that it's a serious problem? How long can we feign surprise that so many are suffering?