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Head Case

3.1 of 5 stars 3.10  ·  rating details  ·  29 ratings  ·  7 reviews
For author Dennis Cass, the project (and thus the book) began with an epiphany. Mired in a writer's block, he suddenly confronted himself with a question: How can you expect to live by your wits if you don't know how your wits work? This back-to-basics challenge inspired him to begin an ambitious series of experiments on how the brain works. Serving as a human guinea pig, ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 11th 2008 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published February 27th 2007)
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This was a bit different than the usual psychological non-fiction that I read, in that the author had little to no self-experience to relate to any psychological subject, and being a journalist rather than a scientist had no knowledge in that manner on the subject. However, it was interesting to go along with his journey, myself being more similar to his knowledge than any of the other books I've read, such as Oliver Sacks, to not be completely astounded and baffled and amazed at what I was read ...more
Finished reading this. Finally. An entertaining voice that sometimes took me to places I didn't want to go. There's a level of discomfort here that can only be created through the expression of raw emotion. And, as much as I admire a writer who dares to express himself in such an honest way, at times, this book left me with...well...discomfort. A good read if you're looking to explore a very personal path but not so much if you're looking to learn a lot about the brain. Though, I did walk away l ...more
A book about neuroscience mixed in with autobiographical information about the author's dysfunctional family. And by the way, the author does not have a science background. Kind of like Bill Bryson meets Augusten Burroughs, only not executed all that well. The humour in the writing is what saves this book from being a 1 star for me. Read Burrough's books on addiction ("Dry") and about growing up with a dysfunctional family ("Running With Scissors"), as they are both better than this book. And th ...more
I picked up this book because the author wrote a good article in Poets and Writers Magazine about writer's block, and I like that he has a web site called "Dennis Cass Wants you to be more Awesome." The book wasn't so awesome, though. Pretty well written but more about the brain and less about Cass's stepfather would have been better.
Carol Waters
His dad isn't nearly as impaired as he presented. One cannot assume that addiction is not the predominant factor when mental illness is suspected. What kind of mood swings does one get when one is straight/high/craving/high/detoxing? Looks JUST like bipolar.
Cass' childhood was horrific, and made for heart-wrenching reading...however, his warmth and wit provided a welcome balance. Interesting.
Caitlin Boyd
Meh... was due back at the library. Maybe I'll pick it up again later. But there are so many good books out there to read first...
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