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Unholy Ghost by Nell Casey
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Nov 28, 2011

it was amazing

This book of essays is not merely a collection of sad stories from depressed artists, but rather an exploration of all sides of the illness-- from inside and outside, from before and after, from searching to knowing. That's what makes it so incredible.

I have read many collections and memoirs of madness, and few have successfully painted a full picture of depression in a way that isn't contrived. Unholy Ghost successfully dodges that easy trap by allowing each writer to enter the subject from a different angle. Importantly, these writers are remarkable in their own right, and their explorations of the personal are not only deeply felt, but thoughtful, intelligent, and masterfully crafted.

For anyone that has been depressed (or anyone at all, truly), this book echos beautifully and is a marvelous read.
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