Announcing a new Meetup for Hip & Well Read!What
: Hip and Well Read: Mark VonnegutWhen
: Wednesday, February 23,[masked]:30 PMPrice
: $2.00 per personWhere
: Headhouse CAfe
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Hey Hipsters and Bibliophiles,
For our Feb meetup, by your vote, we will be reading Just Like Mental Illness, Only More So
by Mark Vonnegut.
Yes, Mark Vonnegut as in Son of Kurt.
Two not unrelated challenges--being novelist Kurt Vonnegut's son and suffering episodes of schizophrenia--shape, but don't confine, this mordantly witty, slightly subversive memoir. Vonnegut (The Eden Express) weathered a scruffy childhood with his as yet obscure dad ("I'll always remember my father as the world's worst car salesman") and was hospitalized for three bouts of psychosis in his 20s. He recovered and went on to Harvard Medical School and a successful career in pediatrics--then a fourth psychotic break upended him 14 years after the first one. (Taken to the hospital where he worked, he found himself greeting colleagues while tied to a gurney.) Vonnegut vividly conveys the bizarre logic of the voices and delusions that occasionally plagued him, which he finds not much nuttier than what passes for normalcy. (He's especially incensed by the insurance bureaucracies he thinks are ruining medicine.) His father's son, he writes with a matter-of-fact absurdism--"The patient who just died lies there quietly and everyone else stops rushing around trying to do something about it"--champions misfits, and attacks the system. All his own are Vonnegut's hard-won insights into the value of a humble, useful life picked up from pieces.
I had no problems finding this at the local independent bookstore. Just Like Mental Illness, Only More So
is available on Amazon.com, however, I encourage you all to support your local independent book store or library:City Paper's List of Independent BookstoresGoogle Map/Listing of Independent Bookstores in Philly
You will notice that that if you RSVP "Yes," you'll be charged to attend. This is to help me cover my costs as Organizer and reduce the number of no-shows we have at meetings. Please keep in mind I'm only giving refunds if the meeting is canceled or rescheduled, not if you change your mind about attending.Thinking about coming when the Meetup is FULL? Read/click here.
RSVP to this Meetup:http://www.meetup.com/philadelphia-hip-and-well-read-book-club/calendar/15721265/