This book was awful, which is ashame because I actually agree with his position. However, not only was it terribly dry, but he makes these sweeping ge...moreThis book was awful, which is ashame because I actually agree with his position. However, not only was it terribly dry, but he makes these sweeping generalizations that are often inaccurate. He also jumps to conclusions and downplays multiple psychological issues that are typically more serious than he makes them out to be. Just one example of something that annoyed me was his position that the DSM has stopped using the word "reaction" for multiple disorders to make things seem more chronic and long-lasting. However, the DSM currently uses the word "episode" yet he makes no mention of that. Then I felt very annoyed that after building an entire case against the pharmaceutical company, he writes an entire chapter summarizing fictional stories as evidence of a backlash instead of real-life accounts. I didn't need to read 5 whole pages summarizing the movie Garden state in detail or another five breaking down the entire plot of Franzen's The Corrections. This should have been a good book and it wasn't.(less)
I was interested in this book due to working within the criminal justice population and primarily because I typically work with black males. It was di...moreI was interested in this book due to working within the criminal justice population and primarily because I typically work with black males. It was difficlut for me to reconcile with the methodology given that I am use to a more psychological approach and this felt way more anthropological to me. That is not really a criticism however because this is a cultural issue. It was also very subjective given that the doctor conducted the study in his own neighborhood. I am always wary of first-hand accounts in these circumstances given that the data I think you often recieve initially is often secondary to a deeper truth. I will say though that his theory on the "overtly masculinized" behavior is dead on and something I witness, dissect, and process every day. I didn't not enjoy the theories and conclusions but it wasn't enthralling and didn't really tell me too much that I didn't already feel like I knew.(less)
Honestly I started getting a superiority complex while reading this book. I just felt that every mix tape I ever made or received was way better than...moreHonestly I started getting a superiority complex while reading this book. I just felt that every mix tape I ever made or received was way better than anything in this book. I guess that is the nostalgia speaking which is the only reason this book even gets three stars - its simply because of the nostalgia. The format was interesting and I enjoyed the concept but it did get a bit tedious after a while and I didn't know anything about most of the writers. I enjoyed my own trip down memory lane while reading this more than the actual stories.(less)
I enjoyed this book for the mere fact that it made me nostalgic regarding my own "indie rock" transformation. I, too, had my life turned upside down b...moreI enjoyed this book for the mere fact that it made me nostalgic regarding my own "indie rock" transformation. I, too, had my life turned upside down by MTV's 120 Minutes and would tape it religiously so I could pour over the videos the next day (I was only 13 at the time, staying up until 2am on a school night was out of the question). As a result, I seriously considered naming my first born Mazzy Star...but settled for "Elise" as a middle name because it was mentioned in two of my favorite songs - one by The Cure and the other PJ Harvey. I never paid much attention to Guided By Voices, but always upheld the opinion if I had my own list of favorite band names, that GBV would be number one. So being a music geek myself, this book was fun and funny at times.
I will say that the footnotes are super annoying. I actually had to abandon a couple of the ones that droned on for pages because they interrupted, not enhanced, the story. And of course I had to take serious issue with some of his musical assertions - Depeche Mode is NOT overrated, Riot Grrl is NOT "embarrassing" and Morrissey IS a whiny windbag. But I did LOVE that Belly and Concrete Blonde made the shout out list and yes Harriet Wheeler is totally worthy of an indie girl crush - she is absolutely adorable.(less)