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The Midnight Disease: The Drive to Write, Writer's Block, and the Creative Brain

المؤلف: Alice W. Flaherty الكتاب الإليكتروني

“An original, fascinating, and beautifully written reckoning … of that great human passion: to write. ”—Kay Redfield Jamison, national bestselling author of An Unquiet Mind

Why is it that some writers struggle for months to come up with the perfect sentence or phrase while others, hunched over a keyboard deep into the night, seem unable to stop writing? In The Midnight Disease, neurologist Alice W. Flaherty explores the mysteries of literary creativity: the drive to write, what sparks it, and what extinguishes it. She draws on intriguing examples from medical case studies and from the lives of writers, from Franz Kafka to Anne Lamott, from Sylvia Plath to Stephen King. Flaherty, who herself has grappled with episodes of compulsive writing and block, also offers a compelling personal account of her own experiences with these conditions.

“[Flaherty] is the real thing … and her writing magically transforms her own tragedies into something strange and whimsical almost, almost funny. ”—The Washington Post

“This is interesting, heated stuff. ”—San Francisco Chronicle

“Brilliant … [a] precious jewel of a book … that sparkles with some fresh insight or intriguing fact on practically every page. ”—Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“Flaherty mixes memoir, meditation, compendium and scholarly reportage in an odd but absorbing look at the neurological basis of writing and its pathologies … Writers will delight in the way information and lore are interspersed. ”—Publishers Weekly

© 2020 Mariner Books (الكتاب الإليكتروني) ISBN رقم: 9780547525099

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