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Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel
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Mar 26, 2012

it was ok
Read in July, 1995

I have a hard time with this book, the same way I do with a lot of confessional memoirs. I have enormous sympathy for the condition she was/is in; I have a whole lot less for her generalizing her experiences. Others say that it's unfair to hold Wurtzel's attractiveness, her privileged background, her intelligence, and her lifestyle against her. Except she shoves it in our faces. The premise is that "This can happen to anyone!" What's disturbing is the little, tiny unsaid "(even someone like me)" that hovers over the whole work. Whether it's meant or not, it reifies all those other things; the implication is that her fall is especially tragic because she had farther to fall. I don't buy it, any more than I buy her marketing herself as a poster child for depression and addiction. But I do understand that if she tried harder to get over herself, she would likely have fewer issues...and less to write about.
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