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Re: Not so Scary books

Posted by dove on October 27, 1999, at 10:02:25

In reply to Re: Not so Scary books, posted by dj on October 27, 1999, at 1:50:31

When I'm down I absolutely cannot read those pop-psychology books, actually I can never handle them. The text-book sort are more interesting than reading about someone's long fight with depression, mostly because I already know all that. I agree with Racer, no need for a monologue when you can have a dialogue. The textbooks give you raw material to work with. Those stupid quizes piss me off big time! And, why should we be jealous of Jamison and her wonderful mania's where she is so creative, right, and that is suppose to help those who struggle with depression/bipolar/mania?

Maybe I read her wrong but she hasn't really given me any hope and no matter what she writes it is always overshadowed by the amazing descriptions of all the incredible people that did these incredible things and then ended their lives or were locked up. She says that they would have been better if they had been given help but the way she describes their lives and creations erases any logical consequences and do not promote getting help or taking lithium. Am I reading her wrong? Anyone else ever notice this?

I also love McCrumb, she is such a great story-teller, the weaving of past and present and the culture of the mountain dwellers, amazing stuff. No single author refreshes and entertains me more than her. So, that's what I read when I'm really low and have no energy to think. She tricks me into thinking and laughing and talking. I just wish she's write more and faster :-)





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