Prozac Nation

By Elizabeth Wurtzel

"A book that grew to become a cultural touchstone." -- The New Yorker

Elizabeth Wurtzel writes together with her finger within the faint pulse of an overdiagnosed generation whose ruling icons are Kurt Cobain, Xanax, and pierced tongues. In this famous memoir of her bouts with melancholy and skirmishes with medications, Prozac Nation is a witty and sharp account of the psychopharmacology of an period for readers of Girl, Interrupted and Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar.


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I inadvertently wander right into a New Bohemians live performance at a membership close to furnish Park. I pay attention Edie’s voice, its attractive lilt, making a song approximately circles and cycles and spinning around and around. I sit down within the bleachers, I daze and doze to the sound of a voice and guitars and mandolins and percussions. I fade into what seems like millions of strings. this can be the happiest second I’ve had all summer time, this can be the simplest position to be the following and straight away, if in basic terms my entire lifestyles may be phrases and tune, if in basic terms every little thing else may possibly slip away. No Jack, no mom, no paintings, no play, not anything in any respect. Why does every thing, even the satisfied issues, unavoidably develop into an outstanding immense encumbrance? If in basic terms every little thing might be as natural as this second. If basically i may freeze into this position without end. after which Edie starts off making a song “Mama support Me,” all these items approximately loopy humans, suggest humans, highway humans, and her voice is unexpectedly harsh, i'm jolted out of my reverie, I bear in mind who i'm: i'm the lady who took numerous occasions the traditional dose of psilocybin mushrooms a number of hours in the past, all simply because a few man I slightly recognize didn’t name whilst he stated he may. i'm the woman who has disillusioned her mom. i'm the woman out of viewpoint. i'm the lady who must cross domestic. “Where will i am going whilst i will not visit you? ” Edie sings. “Mama mama m-m-mama support me, mama mama mama inform me what to do. ” God, do i want aid, i believe, as I go away this open air membership, this hippie model of a theater within the around. i am getting right into a taxi—for as soon as one is ready, possibly there's a God—and as we force alongside imperative i believe wetness dripping down my face. the place is that this coming from? I become aware of, sitting within the again seat, that i'm weeping, that lots salt and water is pouring from my tear ducts, yet simply because i'm tripping I can’t think myself crying. At top, i will watch myself, take a seat along this vacant corpse of mine, and watch the roll of tears, yet there's no experience of unencumber simply because there’s nobody within. I’m long past. Knock-knock? I’ve disappeared. I’ve come so shut from to date, I cover at the back of this window and think about myself, examine a existence I’d fairly now not see. whilst i am getting domestic, David, the song critic from the Dallas instances usher in, is ready on my slump. it appears, I’d had a date to head see Billy Squier with him numerous hours past that night. while he couldn’t locate me after I’d left a number of messages on his answering computing device reporting that i used to be “bottoming out,” “losing it,” and different such issues, he received apprehensive. He even referred to as Rusty to work out if he knew the place I’d long gone. whilst he couldn’t locate me, he went to the express yet saved calling, after which after he’d filed his overview, he drove round Deep Ellum trying to find me. He stored bumping into humans who’d visible me right here and there, yet he looked as if it would hold lacking me. So he determined to attend till I bought domestic. “Are you very well? ” he asks. i'm status in entrance of him crying. “Do i glance alright? ” I ask in reaction. “Not fairly, yet one by no means is aware with you. ” “Fuck you! ” I scream. “Fuck all people! What do you suggest, ‘One by no means understands with you’?

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