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Zack McDermott

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I was born in Wichita, KS and went to the University of Kansas for undergrad. I studied political science and African-American studies -- that was my favorite. I went to UVA Law and then became a public defender in Brooklyn in 2008.

As soon as I moved to New York I started doing stand up comedy. My "career" was derailed by my first psychotic break and a trip to the psych ward. My book takes it from there.

https://www.amazon.com/Gorilla-Bird-M...

I've contributed to This American Life, New York Times, Gawker, Deadspin, Morning Edition, SplitSider among others.

Find my email and message me if you feel like it -- I try to respond to everyone.

xo,

Zack

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How's it going, dear readers? We were thrilled to be named to Goodreads Favorite 2017 Under-the-Radar Books.

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Much Gorilla love,

Zack

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"Trying to put my thoughts together on this book and struggle to say more than: "read this." It hits all 3 of my top reading categories: memoir, mental illness, public defense. But the way that McDermott writes about his mental illness (with shocki..." Read more of this review »
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“Corporate America wasn’t too sympathetic to my plight: there is no overdraft protection plan that covers I was extremely manic and purchased $800 worth of novelty T-shirts from Urban Outfitters—can you let this one slide? You can’t accuse yourself of fraud.”
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“What about all the poor brothers and sisters across the city and the shit they had to deal with? Fuck, what about all the poor brothers and sisters in Syria for that matter? They sure had their hands full. What do you even call depression in a refugee camp? Depression felt as much a luxury as veganism and fair trade coffee.”
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“The solution to mania is so simple yet so hard to come by. Just sleep.”
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