The Rapids: Ways of Looking at Mania

By Sam Twyford-Moore

© 2020

The Rapids explores how individuals with manic depression can mediate their identities, sense of agency, responsibility, and social being in a world saturated by negative media. Using a mixture of reflections on the self, literary and cinematic representations of mania, and media coverage of celebrities with mania such as Kanye West, Carrie Fisher, and Spalding Gray, the author discusses what it means to live with a diagnosis of "bipolarity" in contemporary society.

There are no easy answers in this book for how people should view or encounter manic depression, particularly as it represents itself across the lifetime of someone diagnosed with the condition. Instead, with insight and empathy, Sam Twyford-Moore opens up and expands the conversation around this highly stigmatised and extremely misunderstood condition.

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  • Page Count: 296 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
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The Rapids is a cultural history of manic depression twinned with a personal narrative told through an innovative approach to writing memoir.

The Rapids: Ways of Looking at Mania

By Sam Twyford-Moore

© 2020

The Rapids explores how individuals with manic depression can mediate their identities, sense of agency, responsibility, and social being in a world saturated by negative media. Using a mixture of reflections on the self, literary and cinematic representations of mania, and media coverage of celebrities with mania such as Kanye West, Carrie Fisher, and Spalding Gray, the author discusses what it means to live with a diagnosis of "bipolarity" in contemporary society.

There are no easy answers in this book for how people should view or encounter manic depression, particularly as it represents itself across the lifetime of someone diagnosed with the condition. Instead, with insight and empathy, Sam Twyford-Moore opens up and expands the conversation around this highly stigmatised and extremely misunderstood condition.

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Product Details

  • Imprint: Aevo UTP
  • Row Rights
  • Page Count: 296 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Sam Twyford-Moore is a critic, essayist, and writer based in Australia.
  • Table of contents

    Ways of Being Seen
    1. Let us now open on a naked man on a street corner in San Diego

    Ways of Reading
    2. Black backpack, crowbar, torch, book
    3. A short tour through the cultural history of manic depression
    4. Rapid thought generator: Saul Bellow’s Humboldt’s Gift and Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo

    Ways of Seeing
    5. It’s just too fucking too: Mania in cinema and the films of Paul Thomas Anderson
    6. Under her influence

    Ways of Being
    7. Speak, Spalding!
    8. The Reckoning
    9. Carrie F [October 21, 1956–December 27, 2016]

    Two Lives
    10. This is all to say that I do not know the story at all

    A Life
    11. The rapids: a coda in cuts

    Author’s note
    Works consulted
    Acknowledgments

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