Learn how and when to remove this template message Seabrook graduated from Mercersburg Academy. He then attended Roanoke College, received a masters from Newberry College, and studied philosophy at the University of Geneva, located in Switzerland. The following year, he became a reporter for The New York Times and soon became an itinerant. They divorced in
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Shelves: nonfiction "Seabrook started drinking more and writing less. In addition, to the ravages that alcoholism inflicts upon its sufferers. For one thing, this book is rather a mess of resentments, petty observations, and lackluster prose that rambles around minimal reporting. Seabrook spends a lot of the time talking about his fellow "playmates" and almost NO time on his own treatment or delving into "Seabrook started drinking more and writing less.
Seabrook spends a lot of the time talking about his fellow "playmates" and almost NO time on his own treatment or delving into the causes and effects of his drinking. In fact, he minimizes his drinking and says nothing about how it effected his life - outside of his lack of writing.
Sure, he comes to a conclusion that he fears living life. He dreads the idea of being a hack writer. And those insights are profound, but ultimately, unhelpful because by the end of his 7 month stint in the Asylum his is already drinking again. If only he had trained his keen journalist eye upon himself within the institution, he might have produced a more nuanced and compelling story, but instead he gawks at the other patients in an attempt to create an empathetic sideshow of modern ailments.
The only time he talks about any therapy he undergoes it is to air a grievance or drive home a stake of resentment. I had hoped for a weirder, more daringly honest book - but quickly realized that was impossible from such a hopeless case. Some little gems in this book.
Worth a read. William Seabrook, a renowned journalist and explorer, voluntarily committed himself to an asylum for Asylum By William Seabrook is a self-help and non-fiction read. William Seabrook, a renowned journalist and explorer, voluntarily committed himself to an asylum for treatment of acute alcoholism. His sincere, self-critical appraisal of his experiences offers a highly interesting look at addiction and treatment in the days before Alcoholics Anonymous and other modern programs.
A very good read. Although a bit slow I still managed to read it. Thanks to netgalley for the arc. I will revisit it a few years down the line to see if it still holds up - I suspect it will. William B Seabrook checks himself into the titular Asylum to cure himself of alcoholism.
The narrative is an affectionate, frequently funny, just as frequently depressing meditation on himself and his fellow inmates. Ward attendants, nurses and even the mildly villainous Dr Quigley are treated with affection and respect accorded to people doing their best in a tough job. I am not sure how much of it holds true in a world where psychiatric problems are - at least from my understanding of it - by and large medicated away, but Asylum remains a fascinating chronicle of an unusual time in an unusual place.
Physical restraint straitjackets and the like had been abandoned. Shock therapies, lobotomies and neurotoxic pharmaceuticals had yet to be introduced.
Seabrook writes: This whole phase of modern psychiatric therapy, it. I am not using costly as a weasel-word or metaphor. I do not mean that it was costly in terms of gouged eyes or broken bones. I mean that this modern system is obviously more expensive to the institution in terms of actual money. It requires more and better attendants.
Aeylum had never heard of William Seabrook before, but after reading this book, I want to learn mor. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Seabroo, to Read saving…. William Seabrook, a renowned journalist and explorer, voluntarily committed himself to an asylum for tre Asylum By William Adylum is willliam self-help and non-fiction read. Seabrook had a lifelong fascination with the occult practices of satanism and Haitian Vodouwhich he witnessed and described firsthand both in Third World countries, as documented in The Magic Island[ citation needed ] and Jungle Ways He married Marjorie Muir Worthington in France, inafter they had returned from a trip to Africa on which Seabrook was weabrook a book.