Happiness and a Haiku

Hey Lionel!

I believe that you’re struggling with your emotional state recently, complaining about how it’s hard for you to be happy. I guess what I can do as your therapist is give you some key points to remember every day to help you gain that happiness back. Right now, it’s hard to be happy and positive because you’ve gone through a huge transition in your life. I’m talking about no longer having your mentor around and being alone with your thoughts, Tourrettic or not. It must be hard, but knowing you, you’re probably pushing those thoughts away and trying to focus on getting answers. So here comes the first piece of advice I have for you; don’t push away things that bother you or things that upset you. Instead, come to terms with them and accept that they’ve happened. You cannot change what has already been done, so you need to accept that and move on. Completely erasing it out of your mind isn’t a good idea either because that event was part of your life and it did change you, so getting rid of it is like getting rid of a part of who you are. Second step is taking a step back here and there. With your OCD and all I understand how this piece of advice may seem impossible but trust me, it will help you. In overwhelming situations, remember to take a step back and breathe. Breathing is a great thing to focus on when you feel anxious. Finally, remember that happiness comes from within as well as from without. Therefore make sure that exterior aspects are contributing to your happiness as well as interior aspects. What I mean by this is make sure that the people around you are not bringing you down, and make sure that you try your best to keep positive thoughts flowing in your head. I hope this was sort of helpful, I unfortunately didn’t have much time to write you this letter but I think I covered some of the basics.


I am Lionel

One Tic Two Tic Three Tic Four

Ticking is my Thing

  • The world and setting of the story.

New York, Manhattan, Brooklyn. Brooklyn feels like the right place for the setting of the book. Mysterious, everyone is working for each other, everyone is connected, no room for outsiders. Reference to the title “Motherless Brooklyn” and Lionel (orphan)

  • The secondary characters.

Tony, Frank, Kimmery, Gerard, The Giant, Rockaforte and Matricardi; how do they interact with Lionel, positive or negative, how does lionel feel about them

  • Lionel Essrog: what’s the most interesting or compelling aspect of his character? Who would you choose to play him, and why?
  • The major core conflict of the story and why or how this occurs. This should include the narrator’s inner conflict.
  • A few key scenes.
  • The dialogue.

Depending on who the dialogue is with. If it’s with someone Lionel doesn’t like then sarcasm is certainly involved (Loomis). If it’s with someone who makes him nervous then he’ll tic a lot and feel frustrated (Detective). If he likes who he’s talking to then his tics will slow down and he’ll be happier and the conversations will flow smoothly (Kimmery).

  • The language. This can include Lionel’s narration, and most interestingly, his verbal tics.
  • The major overarching theme of the book. What kind of universal human truth does this novel suggest?
  • The tone of the book. The overall feeling or mood.

Mysterious, always on edge, always keeping the reader wanting more and wanting to understand everything without giving any to so little answers away at a time.

  • Perhaps there’s another aspect you’d like to talk about that’s not on the list? Pitch it to me.
  • Option if you disliked the book: A paper describing why you think it should not be made into a film. Please, Ed, don’t do it.Again, you will focus on one of the above aspects, and discuss why you either find it uninteresting, cliché, trite, or unrealistic.

Konstantina Vanikiotis


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