Brain on Fire
I have a new book review up on WallFlower at the Disco. Go read it right here: Brain on Fire, Susannah Cahalan. Spring semester last year I took my first nonfiction class. I knew I was interested in nonfiction, or creative nonfiction, or just blending genres becuase of the work I was already doing here on my blog. I thought, wouldn’t it be cool to use school to really focus on whatever this space is, whoever this voice is coming from. It pretty much changed my life, haha. I mean this in the way that it had such a massive impact on my writing in a way I haven’t experienced in years and years. This happened mostly because I was introduced to the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. She felt right away like a perfect outfit. Her language and rhythm, her voice became my anthem. Being in a masters fiction program nonfiction can at times sound like a dirty word, like socialism to a room full of republicans. But, I’m never one to pay much mind to anything like that, so, I spent the entire summer reading nonfiction, and only nonfiction. Brain on Fire was one of the pieces I devoured.
Brain On Fire, by Susannah Cahalan, pretty much just blew my mind in more ways than I can properly account for. As a reader it is a heartbreaking and fascinating story about health, identity, family and memory. It will challenge all these notions for you. As a writer it is an incredible feat of creation and research. It is fascinating to say the least.
Ok, so again I go on and on, this isn’t even the book review. This is me getting you to click here and read the book review on WallFlower.