David Lovelace



David Lovelace is a writer, carpenter, and former owner of the Montague Bookmill near Amherst, Massachusetts. His memoir, SCATTERSHOT was published by Dutton Books in 2008 and is Lovelace's poignant and humorous account of bipolar disorder's effects on his family. Lovelace's poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize as well as the Paterson Review's Allen Ginsberg Award. Lovelace lives in western Massachusetts with his wife and children."

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Scattershot: My Bipolar Family

3.55 avg rating — 501 ratings — published 2008 — 9 editions
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Full Blown: Me and My Bipol...

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“Depression is a painfully slow, crashing death. Mania is the other extreme, a wild roller coaster run off its tracks, an eight ball of coke cut with speed. It's fun and it's frightening as hell. Some patients - bipolar type I - experience both extremes; other - bipolar type II - suffer depression almost exclusively. But the "mixed state," the mercurial churning of both high and low, is the most dangerous, the most deadly. Suicide too often results from the impulsive nature and physical speed of psychotic mania coupled with depression's paranoid self-loathing.”
David Lovelace, Scattershot: My Bipolar Family

“Compared to bipolar's magic, reality seems a raw deal. It's not just the boredom that makes recovery so difficult, it's the slow dawning pain that comes with sanity - the realization of illnesss, the humiliating scenes, the blown money and friendships and confidence. Depression seems almost inevitable. The pendulum swings back from transcendence in shards, a bloody, dangerous mess. Crazy high is better than crazy low. So we gamble, dump the pills, and stick it to the control freaks and doctors. They don't understand, we say. They just don't get it. They'll never be artists.”
David Lovelace, Scattershot: My Bipolar Family

“I know the empathy borne of despair; I know the fluidity of thought, the expansive, even beautiful, mind that hypomania brings, and I know this is quicksilver and precious and often it's poison. There has always existed a sort of psychic butcher who works the scales of transcendence, who weighs out the bloody cost of true art.”
David Lovelace, Scattershot: My Bipolar Family

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