jan lars jensen's nervous system: losing my mind in literature
i have been telling nearly everyone i've run across in the past couple of days about this book, using adjectives like "engrossing" "riveting" and "terrifying." it's a memoir, and the fact that it's true is what makes it so gripping. basically, it's the story of how jensen, when his first novel was going through the publication process, starting to lose his mind, convinced that his book would cause a nuclear war and that the government was going to kill him because of it. his descriptions of his delusions and his time in the psych ward are especially compelling, and his struggles with reading and writing during that period make for some really interesting discussion. this is definitely one to check out.