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Skinny Dipping Into Books

I like the rain. I want to have a spring bookworming rain party full out with wellies—but not those Hunter Boots; absolutely not—, with yummy airy things like puffed pastries, meringues, mini fluffy cheese cakes, mousse dessert, macaroon, biscuits, crepe, and Earl Grey tea, definitely Earl Grey tea.  and Tillandsia. We'd have lots of "air plants". Lots! And We'd read, but not anything structured. We'd bring books, trade books, read out-loud, pass books around between sentences and paragraphs. We'd leave with books we hadn't discovered.

 

I like books like I like my Jazz; euphoric, dangerous, occasionally a bit manic, sorrowful, bleak, raging, mood-incongruent, mournful, unforgivingly ragged, symbolic in a quiet way, warm apple pie for the soul. Give me a Plath style. Yōko Ogawa, M. Roach,


Criteria: Not rated on likability of characters. Not objective. I like Moxie Soda; chances are you don't.


time spent in that before bed reading slot:

5-until blurry eye 4-Later than I intended, but I still kept to my extended, extended reading time 3-I really should have been to bed an hour ago  2-customary 30 minutes. 1-book. side table. eyes closed.


How are common themes handled?

5-With an aesthetic that repurposes everyday themes into something fresh. Think of Hole Celebrity Skin covered by Cat Power  4-there is a comfortable air of familiarly.
3-Deja Vu 2. No deviation from its mates  1. Devastatingly trite, redundant, and stale.

Where would you keep it post-reading?

5-Next to my bed.  4-it's the center piece of my favorite bookshelf 3. On my other favorite bookshelf, but it's a bit dusty over their 2-Great cheap bookends 1-It never made it out of the box marked 'moving'.


Emotional response-

5- Where is my teddy bear? Emotional-hangover 4- If I wasn't so emotionally stunted I'd cry.
3. Did James Cameron co-wrote this? Artfully contrived. 
2- calculative emotional manipulation. This was literally written by James Cameron.1- I…feel…..nothing.

Mechanics (plot structure, voice, presentation, word choice, sentence structure, characters, writing style, pacing, and consistency):

5-Chanel 4-Prada 3-J-Crew 2-Gap 1-Old Navy

Currently reading

The Complete Stories
Flannery O'Connor
I am No One You Know
Joyce Carol Oates
Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls
Alissa Nutting, Alissa Nutting

get a shrink

Preventing Bipolar Relapse: A Lifestyle Program to Help You Maintain a Balanced Mood and Live Well - Ruth  White

netgalley

 

 

How-to- 'survive' 'cope with' 'understand'- (insert illness here) are rarely… no never successful. They are incredibly singular in approach, with scant review of gender, age, social-economic demographic, or other crucial factors. In this way they establish a baseline of irrelevant suggestions, a passing, hasty analysis of data, and deliver a shallow arrangement of ill-constructed out-come-based hypotheticals. Let's put it this way, generalizations applied to human experiences and behavior never work, and never will work.

The most agitating competent of these how-to-books is the abundance of hope one places on its contents. this misplaced hope in turn can lead to further complications, most specific of which is a deeper loss of hope.

This book is not an exception to this trend, and it may even be one of the worst examples. Bipolar disorder is not, as the label suggest, cemented within binary variables. It is a continuum of behaviors that are, to a large extent very individualized. irritability, depression, anger, panic, sadness, aggression, alcohol and drug dependency, as well as others trail alone from one extreme, depression, to the other mania; and guess what? they make pitstops along the way. This is not your game of pong with one emotion ricocheting off another.

point is….

This book regurgitates information, data—briefly, and hastily—in such a way that it could convince people that it has girth and substance to it. A closer inspection reveals that it is supplying a lean version of care that one would (SHOULD) obtain in therapy and through medical interventions. From contracts to an explanation on sleep cycles, to a very poor review of medication interventions, this book not only misses the mark, it establishes the criteria of failure for future 'manuals' to come.

The danger of books like this is that they can so easily distract people, rather than support them with their health care needs. this is even more relevant with a bipolar population, where adhering to medical, psychological, and social elements essential for maintenance are often ignored, or avoided.