Shannon Burns reviews 'The Rapids: Ways of looking at mania' by Sam Twyford-Moore

Shannon Burns reviews 'The Rapids: Ways of looking at mania' by Sam Twyford-Moore

The Rapids: Ways of looking at mania

by Sam Twyford-Moore

NewSouth, $32.99 pb, 280 pp, 9781742235653

In The Rapids: Ways of looking at mania, Sam Twyford-Moore takes a personal, exploratory, and speculative approach to the subject of mania. Because the author has been significantly governed by manic episodes on several occasions (he was diagnosed with manic depression as he ‘came into adulthood’), The Rapids offers an insider’s perspective. It also considers some of the public and cultural manifestations of the illness, via figures as diverse as Delmore Schwartz, Saul Bellow, Kanye West, Carrie Fisher, Andrew Johns, and Matthew Newton, but with a particular focus on literature and film.

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Shannon Burns

Shannon Burns

Shannon Burns is a freelance writer and member of the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice. He is a former ABR Patrons' Fellow, and has published short fiction, poetry, and academic articles.

Published in August 2018, no. 403

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