Friday, September 29, 2006

I know a monomaniac when i see one

dictionary.com word of the Day for Friday, September 29, 2006

monomania \mon-uh-MAY-nee-uh; -nyuh\, noun:

1. Pathological obsession with a single subject or idea.
2. Excessive concentration of interest upon one particular subject or idea.

One of the themes in the book was the necessity for a leader to be passionate about the work. And sometimes in a corporate setting, passion becomes monomania.
-- "Balancing the Personal and the Professional", New York Times, October 10, 1999

It is a monomania that approaches a frenzy in which girlfriends or wife, family and sleep, mean nothing.
-- Newgate Callendar, "Crime", New York Times, January 4, 1987

He was . . . a rather impossible person -- self-absorbed to the point of monomania (when lesser beings presumed to take part in his monologues, he would say "Quite" and then continue along his solitary path).
-- Thomas M. Disch, "Later Auden", Washington Post, July 4, 1999

After visiting American prisons Tocqueville and his traveling companion, Gustave de Beaumont, wrote that social reformers in the United States had been swept up in "the monomania of the penitentiary system," convinced that prisons were "a remedy for all the evils of society."
-- Eric Schlosser, "The Prison-Industrial Complex", The Atlantic, December 1998

Monomania is derived from the Greek elements mono-, "one, single, alone" + mania, "madness, frenzy, enthusiasm."

3 comments:

Anoush Rima said...

hahah, nice title for your post.

speaking of titles, your blog "gimmeculture" reminds me of a great documentary by Albert Maysles about the Rolling Stones called "Gimme Shelter," which is named after one of their songs. Do you know about this film/song or was it just a coincidence?

Dylan said...

Gimme culture was the name of magazine i wanted to start back at undergrad when i was living on grand parade in B-right-on. It was a silly conversation about changing the world but i never got the think printed. so i brought it over to cyberspace. I like it. never heard of the stones song, will check it out.

Dylan said...

was also thinking just now that we live in a world where people always want things, a 'gimme' culture if you will.