Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Eden Express (1975)

In the spring of 1969 Mark Vonnegut graduated from Pennsylvania's Swarthmore College and, with a group of friends, drove west in a VW bus to Powell Lake, B.C., to build a commune.

Two years later, on Valentine's Day, Vonnegut experienced a psychotic episode and was committed to Woodland's Psychiatric Hospital in New Westminster, where he was diagnosed a paranoid schizophrenic.

The Eden Express: A Memoir of Insanity (1975) is Vonnegut's account of what moved him to leave the United States, the hardships he and his friends faced in the wilds of British Columbia, and what it feels like to have a mental health issue.

The image up top is from the back cover of the book -- the mountains surrounding Powell Lake. These are the same mountains from yesterday's post, and where I am headed this weekend.

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