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Eric Nuzum

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ERIC NUZUM is a recovering pop culture critic, VH1 pundit, and author of Giving Up the Ghost: A Story About Friendship, 80s Music, A Lost Scrap of Paper, and What It Means to be Haunted (2012), The Dead Travel Fast: Stalking Vampires from Nosferatu to Count Chocula (2007/2008) and Parental Advisory: Music Censorship in America (2001). He writes a lot of inane stuff that falls somewhere between the styles of Ted Kaczynski and Robert Frost, with a dash of inappropriate jokes thrown in for good measure. Nuzum was awarded the 2002 National Edward R. Murrow Award for News Writing and his work has appeared in a few publications you’ve heard of and many more that you haven’t heard of. He works for National Public Radio in Washington, D.C. and live ...more

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Eric Nuzum Haha. Yes. I listen to it periodically--mostly when it comes up on shuffle in iTunes or Spotify. It's always a welcome guest when it starts playing.…moreHaha. Yes. I listen to it periodically--mostly when it comes up on shuffle in iTunes or Spotify. It's always a welcome guest when it starts playing. Oddly, that music has a lot of associated memories for me--most all of them positive, so when it plays, it can trigger a number of pleasant distractions.

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Eric Nuzum Everyone says I should avoid reviews--because if a reviewer doesn't get the book or writes something terrible--it can be like a gut punch. However, I…moreEveryone says I should avoid reviews--because if a reviewer doesn't get the book or writes something terrible--it can be like a gut punch. However, I love seeing someone take a few moments to share how the book connects with them, so it feels worth the risk to read what people write. The whole purpose of writing that book was to share my story with others, so they could feel a little less weird and outside--to let them know that other people have felt those same things and been made better by it. Every once in awhile I see the book connect with people on that level and it makes everything seem worth it. Thanks for the question. --Eric(less)
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Giving Up the Ghost by Eric Nuzum
"I picked this up from an end cap display in the library. The title and the subtitle had me hooked: "Giving up the Ghost: A Story about Friendship, 80s Rock, a Lost Scrap of Paper, and What It Means to Be Haunted." Sold to the crazy library wandere..." Read more of this review »
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"I really loved this book. Eric has a way of going into depth of his personal trauma and encounters with vivid detail. You can see his angry outbursts in your mind and can find them funny or depressing. Anyone that has had a troubled past or an aff..." Read more of this review »
Giving Up the Ghost by Eric Nuzum
"I love a good memoir, and I really enjoyed this one. Great writing style, strange-yet not so strange really-characters, love, loss, and a sincere exploration of how our humanness haunts us all in one way or another. Being "haunted" by the past, by..." Read more of this review »
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Very impressive storytelling and journalism on display here. For a heavy topic, the book was a gripping read. Really enjoyed it.
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“If there is one thing I'd learned about hospitals, it's that they aren't interested in healing you. They are interested in stabilizing you, and then everyone is supposed to move on. They go to stabilize some more people, and you go off to do whatever you do. Healing, if it happens at all, is done on your own, long after the hospital has submitted your final insurance paperwork.”
Eric Nuzum, Giving Up the Ghost: A Story About Friendship, 80s Rock, a Lost Scrap of Paper, and What It Means to Be Haunted

“Right there in that room, listening to the tape Laura gave me, I decided that I wanted something more than what I’d allowed myself to become. Listening to the voices and piano notes fade in and out, I decided that I wanted to be happy. If I had to fight for things in life, I wanted to fight for something bigger than the right to eat with a fork. I wanted to love and be loved and feel alive. I had no idea how to find my way, but listening to that music wash over me, I felt, for the first time, that the struggle I faced would be worth it.”
Eric Nuzum, Giving Up the Ghost: A Story About Friendship, 80s Rock, a Lost Scrap of Paper, and What It Means to Be Haunted

“Eventually I had gotten it together enough to call her. I did so partly to let her know where I was and partly to almost brag about where I was. Whenever I’d get morose, sulky, or stuck somewhere between crabby and suicidal, she was quick to say something disarming or indirectly tell me things weren’t that bad. Laura wasn’t exactly dismissive of my feelings, but I often left our conversations feeling like she didn’t quite get how harsh things felt for me—or at least that she wasn’t willing to acknowledge it. This frustrated and upset me. I spent so much time trying to hide the depths of my feelings and the clusterfuckedness of my life from everyone, except her. The one person I was honest with was often telling me that I was being too dramatic, or overdramatic, or overthinking things, or would I just please change the subject. It wasn’t like she didn’t believe me—it was more like she questioned why I let things bother me so much. In a small way, ending up in the mental ward was a strange kind of validation for me. Being in Timken Mercy proved that when I was insisting that things were terrible, and she kept insisting that they weren’t, they were, in fact, kind of terrible.”
Eric Nuzum, Giving Up the Ghost: A Story About Friendship, 80s Rock, a Lost Scrap of Paper, and What It Means to Be Haunted




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