On the other hand, she makes a compelling case for ‘borderline personality’ being ‘extreme teenagerism.’ ‘”[I]nstability of self-image, interpersonal relationships and mood…uncertainty about…long-term goals or career choice…” Isn’t this a good description of adolescence? Moody, fickle, faddish, insecure: in short, impossible.’ Touche, Kaysen. Maybe you were just the teeniest of teens.
And this is the first time a book I’ve read has been accurately described as ‘darkly comic.’ Those words usually mean ‘Horrible things happen, but they happen ironically so it’s secretly hilarious. Whatever, you won’t get it.’ And I don’t. This, though. I want to say I enjoyed it because it’s a fresh perspective on the madhouse bla bla social critique blah but I really enjoyed it on the level of the sentence. I can’t even quote you a funny bit because the whole thing is a funny bit; there is low-grade funny running all through, and it is cumulative. The ‘darkly’ bit comes because, though it SOUNDS like larfs, you know that being in a nuthouse is no festivus. There are Rules.
And then you blink and now we’re talking about the mind versus the brain and how a lot of Mind (memories, moods, etc.) is turning out to be Brain, and it’s so SHARP and INSIGHTFUL and still WICKEDLY AMUSING and overall it is very, very kind. You will want to mind-hug everyone in this nuthouse except for the shitty nurses, whom you will want to mind-slap.
And it’s short! Have I mentioned that? Its, like, less than 200 pages. I almost want to read it again immediately. How about you read it instead.