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The Queer, Sultry Summer

“(I knew something was wrong with me that summer, because all I could think about was the Rosenbergs and how stupid I’d been to buy all those uncomfortable, expensive clothes, hanging limp as fish in my closet, and how all the little successes I’d totted up so happily at college fizzled to nothing outside the […] Read More

"The Error of Defining It"

Updated: An expanded version.“Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.” – Hannah ArendtOn Fridays I’m posting a quote about writing, mental illness, disability or recovery. Some weeks I’ll react to it, other times I’ll let it stand alone.The course Writing Mental Illness is getting spiffed up and will be back on August […] Read More

Mask and Unveiling

“Writing is both mask and unveiling.” – E.B. WhiteOn Fridays I’m posting a quote about writing, mental illness, disability or recovery. Some weeks I’ll react to it, other times I’ll let it stand alone.The course Writing Mental Illness is getting spiffed up and will be back on August 14, 2009 in a new format. Go […] Read More

Not the Same Family

I’ve blogged previously about how I found and came to love Mikal Gilmore’s memoir Shot in the Heart.Gilmore writes:“In any event, I grew up in a world so entirely different from that of my brothers, I may as well have grown up under another surname.”Gilmore’s point here that “the family I grew up in was […] Read More

Towards Righting Trauma by Writing

Not only can some (me) argue that a diagnosis of severe mental illness is a trauma in itself, studies have suggested that both PTSD and exposure to traumatic events are not uncommon (and are frequently underdiagnosed) among people with chronic mental illness.I ran across this scholarly article on the web by Sophie Tamas called Writing […] Read More

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