Hi! I’m Adam Swierk a.k.a. The Paper Clown, and I am here to talk pop culture and life as a mentally ill 90’s kid trying to make it through the world.
As a product of the last decade of the previous millennium, I can say unequivocally that it is was the greatest time in pop culture history. From the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to TGIF, the emergence of Total Request Live and Carson Daly (the man with the charisma of a potato), to the rise of Tarantino, America Online, Nintendo 64, and the thousands of other relics of the bygone era, no time before or since has impacted more lives (of millenials, at least).
I can also say unequivocally that living with depression can be brutal, and is only exacerbated by the unfair and unnecessary stigma attached towards mental health disorders in our society. I’ve spent the better part of my adult life grappling with not just chronic depression, but the notion that I was somehow flawed as a human being and was personally responsible for my illness. I don’t think I’m alone in hoping this burden could be lifted for those living with mental health issues, and a greater understanding and empathetic acceptance could grow throughout our culture, now and into the future. Blogging about my depression isn’t going to save the world, clearly (I’m not THAT vain, despite what some people may believe). But perhaps, as a long-time purveyor of the ‘Fake it ’til You Make It’ lifestyle, posting about my own experiences and struggles can help others (besides me, through therapeutic discussions about myself with the interwebs) come to some sort of personal acceptance or deeper understanding of life as a person with a mental illness.
So: life with depression + 90’s pop culture = The Paper Clown. I’ll be posting new entries once or twice weekly, on either 90’s pop culture or life as a mentally ill man child. This includes an ENTIRE SERIES REVIEW of Boy Meets World, episode by episode, with new reviews posted every other week, as well as various new editions of What’s Streaming?!?, and Adam Does Music.
In addition, look for new posts of Depression is Just a Sarcastic State of Mind, about how I’ve learned to live with mental illness (hint: I really haven’t), including editions of Adam Leaves His Apartment! If there’s one thing I can guarantee, it’s that I would walk 500 miles and then I would walk 500 more to be the man you come to read and discuss the 90’s and mental health with…